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    posted a message on Dessarin Valley map

    4 miles is correct. Princes of the Apocalypse had a lot of errors when it first came out, and when DDB went live, it had all of the pre-errata rules. I think all of the text has been updated, but the map is still the original map for some reason. I've brought it up before, and I know Mike Schley sells the correct map on his site, but it never did get updated here.

    You'll also notice that some of the locations on the map have moved slightly between the two versions.

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    How does being a product imply different parts? Plenty of things that are products are made up of only one part.

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    And TBH I love extra discounts. I try as often as possible to win Legendary Bundles during the livestream. I just don't think I'm owed an additional discount.

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    Similar parts is irrelevant. They are different products. 

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    So, if it's not a discount, wouldn't that then mean that DDB and the physical PHB aren't the same thing twice?

    Because if they are the same thing, and DDB is cheaper, wouldn't that be a discount? If they are different products at different prices, then DDB is just less than the physical.

    And if they are completely different products at different prices, then buying one wouldn't entitle me to a discount of the other.

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    DDB's PHB compendium is not discounted because of having bought the same content already though.

     

    Just to make sure I am understanding your logic, you're saying that it doesn't count as a discount because the lower price isn't a result of a prior purchase?

    So, by this logic, the prices could be exactly the same as they are now, except that users who haven't previously purchased the physical PHB would have to pay more for the Compendium Content (let's say hypothetically, full MSRP), and then you would be fine since it would be a discount at that point? 

    If I am understanding this correctly, why not just pretend like you are getting a special discount and pay what they ask? Why does it have to be a reward?

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    posted a message on New to D&D - looking for paper miniatures for Lost Mine of Phandelver

    They're not all free, but this person is constantly cranking out paper minis and I'm sure they have everything you're looking for.

    https://www.patreon.com/PrintableHeroes/

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    posted a message on Favored Enemy Language

    Thanks for the help! I'll talk it over with her. I think she would benefit more from speaking Primordial, but it's not my prerogative to tell her how to play her character haha.

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    posted a message on Favored Enemy Language

    Looking over my player's sheets, and I noticed that the Ranger of the party had picked Elementals as a FE type, but then picked Goblin as the language.

    This choice was made a while back, and I can't remember exactly why. It doesn't really make sense for flavor reasons, for her backstory, or for the campaign going forward. I tried to look up the RAW regarding it, and the rule seems to say that you can only learn a language spoken by the type, but it still lets you choose from the entire list after you've made your selection, so I'm wondering if you can just pick any language or if it HAS to be Primordial for Elementals to remain RAW.


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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    With all due respect Kreakdude, your tone is now becoming increasingly insulting. Implying that your logic makes more sense than ours is a direct jab at our intelligence. You also dismissed a reply as being the "lowest form of humor", which is not a civil way to carry on a discussion and also insinuates a lack of intelligence on their part. I only bring this up because of how quick you are to take offense to that kind of tone when it is directed at you. I admitted when my frustrations got the best of me,  and I urge you to now be more considerate in your replies.

    You are one person with one perspective, which you are absolutely entitled to have. But you are arguing against several people who all understand each other and have a shared perspective (a perspective also shared with the Curse staff and the thousands of other paying customers). Conventional wisdom would say that in most cases, it is the most commonly shared perspective that makes the most sense. Other people have come in to complain about the cost, but that has seemed to have tapered off to a considerable degree. Either those people decided that this product did not offer what they wanted at a price they were willing to pay and moved on to focus on their games as they have always played them, or as I've seen in a few cases, their perspective was changed once they actually examined the product. You have clearly spent a lot of time here, so your understanding of the product is not in question. But your continued tenacity and insistence that you are objectively right, and moreso that we are objectively wrong, is what I think is so frustrating to many of us about this discussion.

    You have an opinion about how you feel like this product should be distributed, and it is a valid opinion. I don't happen to share that opinion, but I won't say you are dumb for having your own view. It is not that we don't understand your view, it's that we don't understand how you can't see this situation from alternate perspectives after it has been explained over and over again by a number of different people over the course of several months. That was why I thought this might all be trolling, as trolls tend to thrive on pushing buttons. I don't think that is the case now, but I'm explaining where my earlier thoughts were coming from.

    I'm not telling you to "get lost" or anything. Quite the contrary, as I think D&D should be for everyone, and I welcome any discussion about it in between games I can get. I also don't have the authority. But I do wonder what you are still hoping to accomplish by spending time on this discussion. It has to be apparent that your views are the minority and that Curse has no plans of adopting your proposed pay model. You've thoroughly made your case, and the Curse staff has certainly seen it. It does kind of seem like it's arguing for argument's sake at this point. I hope not, but I don't see this discussion moving forward any more without some new perspectives, even if it remains entirely civil.

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    posted a message on Searching for the perfect villain (PotA)

    I may end up creating one from scratch, but I wanted try to tap the FR hivemind first in case something similar already exists.

    First of all, I've been DMing 5e for the past year and a half, and before that I had only played 2e maybe a couple of times in high school, so my knowledge of the Forgotten Realms and D&D lore in general is a bit lacking. 

    One of my players is struggling with the role-playing aspect of the game. In the year that we've been playing this game, she's formed a strong understanding of the game mechanics and does really well with tactics and combat, but when combat slows down, she gets kind of bored. I always ask for feedback, so it's not that she prefers combat over the other elements of the game, she has just never been able to nail down a backstory or motivations for her character.

    After reading the newest article on here about Monster Slayer Rangers (her class), I decided that what she needs is an arch nemesis. I pitched the idea, and she loved it. Our thoughts are that a nemesis could be the seed from which more backstory details grow out of once we start fleshing out their relationship.

    So, we're playing Princes of the Apocalypse, and the party has started clearing the first level of underground temples, but I don't want to just retcon it so that one of the 4 prophets is her nemesis since I've done a lot of work towards building up the mystery aspect of this campaign.

    She chose elementals as her favored enemies to fit the flavor of the campaign, so the arch needs fit with that flavor too. However, because it doesn't make you choose a type of elemental, the arch needs to be someone who would have access to all 4 elemental planes so it will explain why she has a history with all of them and not just one.

    So what I'm looking to see is if there are any villains already established in D&D lore who could fit that description. It seems like most of the iconic villains have more to do with demons/devils, but after we finish the book, I'm going in a more primordial direction for Tier 4. But I also don't want her arch to be so powerful that a PC could never take it on. So likely not an actual primordial, but rather a servant of one.

    I'm thinking that I'll have to come up with an original character for this, but it never hurts to ask. 

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    posted a message on Compendium Adventure Maps Feature

    I like this idea. The closest we have is the Chrome extension called Beyond Help that adds tooltips to the map itself, but even that isn't the best for when you have to keep going back and forth.

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    Also important to note that the Basic Rules (SRD) are free here as well.

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    posted a message on Mini painting noob seeking advice on priming

    Spray primer on Bones is notorious for tackiness. However I've had success with Army Painter spray-on primer, as it's made to use with minis.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFJZeauUW-M

    After watching this, I've started using very cheap black acrylic Apple Barrel paint from Wal-Mart as my primer for Bones, and I have to say that it works great! It's brush on, so it takes a little longer, but it dries fast enough. I find that if I do 3 or 4 minis at a time, by the time I finish priming the last one, the first one is dry enough to start painting.

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    Kreakdude, I want to apologize for how I came off in my earlier post. I think LeK summed it up when he explained how things are seeming in this discussion, but I can tell from your most recent posts that you are approaching this in good faith and you are not just trying to get a rise out of us. I was attempting to word it in a way that was not insulting, but still express my frustrations with this topic, and I can see that I missed the mark with that and was in the wrong. So again, I apologize and I mean no ill will.

    I don't really have anything more to add that isn't just a rewording of what I have already said. I think there is enough here to where new users who see this thread (and have the patience to read it all lol) will have enough information to make their own choices with all of the information available.

    I will say one last time that I'm happy with all of my purchases here, and as the service continues to improve, I only get more and more value out of it over time. Ultimately this hobby, at least to me, is about community, and no matter which way you choose to play, I hope your dice roll true and you have a great time.

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