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Jeff Rients
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I love this song.  I am also fond of the whole album.  Judge me as ye will.
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Lou Reed, yo
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XP and Alignment
Idea #1 - XP for rescue and assistance Maybe rescuing someone from the clutches of the bad guys ought to be worth some XP.  100xp per level of the person rescue might be a good starting benchmark.  Count low level but important people as higher level for pu...
Maybe rescuing someone from the clutches of the bad guys ought to be worth some XP. 100xp per level of the person rescue might be a good starting benchmark. Count low level but important people as higher level for purposes of this calculation. (E.g. the richest merchant in the land might be a ...
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I usually award XP based on the level/HD of the rescued party.
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I have wanted Star Wars sized Skeletor since forever.
So, how long have you been waiting for MOTU to be scaled down into the 3 3/4 scale? Well, come SDCC 2015, the wait will be over! via Super7: When you
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I LOVE that sort of single color casting! 
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This amused me.
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A newly identified species of spike-covered worm with legs, which lived 500 million years ago, was one of the first animals on Earth to develop armor for protection.
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We live in exciting times for paleontological monsters.  I'm not ashamed to admit that a week or so ago when the news broke that scientists had figured out which end of Hallucigenia was the head I went, "Oh man, really? YES!"
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Overclock Your Damage
This is one of those ideas so simple, I'm certain someone else came up with it.  Maybe I read it and forgot about it. So in many D&D versions, both official and house-ruled, there's this weird thing when you roll one number to see if you hit the orc and ano...
This is one of those ideas so simple, I'm certain someone else came up with it. Maybe I read it and forgot about it. So in many D&D versions, both official and house-ruled, there's this weird thing when you roll one number to see if you hit the orc and another to see if you chop its fool head ...
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Brilliant!
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Loosening up on BX Race-as-Class
Over on the Google Plus fellow traveller Paul Schaefer asked me an interesting question and with his permission I'm going to answer it here rather than in a private discussion: As a Basic D&D DM, since it has race as class, what do you do if a player wants...
As a Basic D&D DM, since it has race as class, what do you do if a player wants to play a race but also wants to use a weird class from another source such as Arduin, Field Guide, Arcanum, or what have you? Do you just sort of eyeball it, try to balance the race and class abilities?
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Thanks, Jeff. Awesome as always. I especially like option 5 and 6. In some ways it reminds me of the Warhammer career system. Providing rumors of where the characters can learn new special abilities can spur adventure. Like, if your hobbit somehow finds a way to become a necromancer, and survives the process, why shouldn't you deserve to play it? Of course there would be various gross and dangerous consequences and XP adjustment. Players have to live with their choices.
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I took my daughter and my nephew to a con a while back.  We signed up for one of those elaborate 3-d dungeon terrain games.  The guy running it had great toys but no sense as to how to run a game for actual human players, nor did he know how to handle his ruleset.  My daughter was deeply disappointed.  Con games like that, designed to showcase a mini collection rather than provide for a fun play experience, are much too common, I think.  

Four or five weeks ago, quite out of the blue, she told me I need to run a similar but better sort of game at a convention.  I told her I could do that, but I warned her the minis would be less adeptly painted and the terrain more crude.  She agreed to my stipulations.  So now I'm once again the kind of DM who uses a tactical display, apparently.
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+Daniel, I've been watching quite a few youtube videos on the subject, but thanks for the lead!
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Ladies and gentlemen, one of the best scenes in the history of cinema.
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+Jeff RientsYes sure.I think no one will objection this the one of best scene in film's history!
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That's me!
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Another cheap graphic for class.
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Ha! I'm teaching research now. Luckily our college databases tie in to Google Scholar, so I have them using it to find sources behind journal paywalls. It's a familiar search interface for them and serves as a bridge into the more arcane Boolean functions and field searches of most databases.

Also, I love WorldCat.org, too.

Its a matter of leveraging a wide variety of tools to find the information that eludes you. One solid source can open up whole other avenues of inquiry.
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Showing this to my business writing students next week.
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We were typing at the same time.  I'm aiming for the students to find exemplars among extant writings.  The next step is to derive best practices or an ideal that none of the exemplars perfectly follow.
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