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  1. Comment on How to start a DnD campaign with your friends? in ~games.tabletop

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    Yeah, I will try to push them some options, for example, it doesn't seem obvious to me that you could keep a goblin alive and extract some information off him, but that's a part of the guidebook...

    That said, while the training wheels are still on, make sure the players are aware of their options.

    Yeah, I will try to push them some options, for example, it doesn't seem obvious to me that you could keep a goblin alive and extract some information off him, but that's a part of the guidebook that I'm reading. So I'll try to make sure at least one of them makes it.

    It seems to me that rich interactions are the core of DnD, instead of playing a regular JRPG combat, you get to do complex things and DM has to facilitate that behaviour.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on How to start a DnD campaign with your friends? in ~games.tabletop

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    Thanks, I also thought about it, my friends are seasoned gamers, pretty sure they're going to optimize the hell out of the system :) I think I'm just going to throw in a "tutorial fight" and push...

    There's also a group storytelling aspect to it, where the characters have thoughts and goals beyond "let's go kill the bad guys!". Your players will have varying amounts of interest in both of these things so keep an eye on who's interested in what.

    Thanks, I also thought about it, my friends are seasoned gamers, pretty sure they're going to optimize the hell out of the system :)

    Having a session 0 to sort some of these things out is a great idea so everyone knows what they're getting into.

    I think I'm just going to throw in a "tutorial fight" and push them to do a bunch of interactions with the world just to get everybody settled in.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on How to start a DnD campaign with your friends? in ~games.tabletop

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    Thanks for the adventure suggestion, I've started reading the guidebook and watching a Phandelver campaign on YouTube just get an idea on how GM manages the situations.

    Thanks for the adventure suggestion, I've started reading the guidebook and watching a Phandelver campaign on YouTube just get an idea on how GM manages the situations.

    1 vote
  4. How to start a DnD campaign with your friends?

    Times are tough and isolation is getting to everybody, we've been playing some easy jackbox games with my friends on Google Hangouts, when the idea came to me: Why not start a DnD campaign? I've...

    Times are tough and isolation is getting to everybody, we've been playing some easy jackbox games with my friends on Google Hangouts, when the idea came to me: Why not start a DnD campaign? I've never ever played one, just watched some Youtube (Geek and Sundry, Mathew Colville), and definitely never though about hosting one until now.

    After looking around, there are a lot of cool resources for running one, Roll20 seems to be the most popular and praised for ease of use. Rules are very well written into it and all the tools needed to deal with the mechanics are in. So technology-wise I think we're set.

    Now I have a lot of questions on how to get an adventure running. Do I just get an official DnD guide book, do I just rip off the White Orchard level from Witcher 3 to start off or do I come up with some generic fantasy land? I'd like to run a small adventure in one night, just to get a taste of it and maybe branch it off later if everyone is up for it.

    For characters I think it would be easier for me to come up with 8-10 pre-generated ones for a group of 4-5 people (with specific people in mind) to tailor it a little bit for my group, but still present some variety, while smoothing the learning curve and lowering the barrier to entry. Feels like a decent idea.

    I'm still not sure where to start with this expansive world and I'd love to hear for seasoned DMs an players here on Tildes. How did you start your first game, what was the setting? How do I gently introduce players to mechanics? How do I deal with unpredictable situations?

    And most importantly, how do I make sure everyone is having fun?

    18 votes
  5. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    I kind of envy you a little bit, I'd love to experience Witcher from scratch again.

    I kind of envy you a little bit, I'd love to experience Witcher from scratch again.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    Two completely different games, Undertale is unique in its genre and Hollow Knight is an exceptionally well made metroidvania (2D exploration platformer with complex combat mechanics). I would...

    Two completely different games, Undertale is unique in its genre and Hollow Knight is an exceptionally well made metroidvania (2D exploration platformer with complex combat mechanics).

    I would start with Undertale, it's reasonably short, Hollow Knight will take you around 30 hours to complete.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    So I was thinking, if we're striving to be a smaller community, like an old school forum, why not let people personalize. A good example would be an ability to set and display a profile pic, and...

    So I was thinking, if we're striving to be a smaller community, like an old school forum, why not let people personalize. A good example would be an ability to set and display a profile pic, and have a signature.

    I honestly miss the times when people were identifiable on forums like that, now I rarely even look at names online, I just look at content, and that kind of takes away from the "coffee shop/pub" experience.

    Have you considered these options? The obvious downside is clutter, but the profile pics don't have to be too big and can be optional.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    Problem is that we won't get content diversity this way. It will be just a bunch HN-type articles all the way down.

    Problem is that we won't get content diversity this way. It will be just a bunch HN-type articles all the way down.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    Recommending Tildes to a friend feels like a privacy-talk (which I have already given up on long time ago) for some reason: I like Tildes, but we're in a niche between Hacker News (and Lobsters)...

    Recommending Tildes to a friend feels like a privacy-talk (which I have already given up on long time ago) for some reason:

    - Hey, I found this neat website, people post interesting topics, there's a voting system and comments!
    - Sooo, you've found Reddit?
    - No, it's called tildes and it's pretty cool, there are no ads, no personalization, everything is open-source, it's less crowded and very low-key. Do you want an invite?
    - Yeah, no, I think I'll just keep using Reddit.

    I like Tildes, but we're in a niche between Hacker News (and Lobsters) and Reddit, and I'm not sure how big it is.

    23 votes
  10. Comment on I have used Android my entire life. Then I acquired 4 Apple devices in a week in ~tech

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    I've been using Mac and iPhone last year, and honestly, after you play a little bit with Handoff, i've never used it after. Airdrop is useful, but it's a "created" problem, because it's so hard to...

    I've been using Mac and iPhone last year, and honestly, after you play a little bit with Handoff, i've never used it after. Airdrop is useful, but it's a "created" problem, because it's so hard to push files to iPhone in any other way.

    I honestly think that most inconveniences in Apple eco-system are created to sell more products on purpose. I still like iOS though, but mostly for the well-done 3rd party apps, like Reeder and Apollo. iCloud is kind of cheap, but again, locks you in hard.

    Anyway, have fun with your devices! If you feel they solve your tech needs well, then it's worth the price of admission.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    I've just finished Doom: Eternal, it's was pretty great, although pacing towards the end of the game is somewhat off. But definitely a must-play if you're into FPS games. I'm also half way through...

    I've just finished Doom: Eternal, it's was pretty great, although pacing towards the end of the game is somewhat off. But definitely a must-play if you're into FPS games.

    I'm also half way through Control, going to finish this first and then move on to Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

    Not sure what's after this, i've been meaning to do another playthrough of Hollow Knight, kind of miss that game. I also see people recommend Kentucky Route Zero, I have it in my library, so might check it out.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on What's a good way to learn how to maintain my own computer hardware? in ~comp

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    I know it will sound stupid, but just do it. Build a machine yourself, there are plenty of build guides on Youtube. You can throw together a decent machine for less than $1000 these days. Here are...

    I know it will sound stupid, but just do it. Build a machine yourself, there are plenty of build guides on Youtube. You can throw together a decent machine for less than $1000 these days. Here are some great resources:

    https://pcpartpicker.com/ - use this tool to pick the parts, take a look at build guides first to get an idea of price range and expected peformance.
    r/BuildaPC - good subreddit with tons of information
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zt1P41pjE4 - here's a good example of AMD-based build with a guide on how to put it together.

    For your laptop i suggest checking out iFixit, they provide step-by-step guides for replacing most parts in your MBA. You might need to get a decent set of tools though.
    Don't be afraid to try it!

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Down to earth, present or near-future, science or science fiction stories featuring space? in ~books

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    I've really enjoyed Seveneves, the first part of the book is very hard-sciency, second part.. well, it's a twist that I won't reveal. Highly recommend it!

    I've really enjoyed Seveneves, the first part of the book is very hard-sciency, second part.. well, it's a twist that I won't reveal. Highly recommend it!

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Phone recommendations: Pixel 2? 3a? Something else? in ~tech

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    I've been using Oneplus 7T for a while and it's good. No-frills machine, well-built, good camera, stock Android 10. Still no TWRP or Lineage OS, so I kept it stock. It's pretty huge though, not...

    I've been using Oneplus 7T for a while and it's good. No-frills machine, well-built, good camera, stock Android 10. Still no TWRP or Lineage OS, so I kept it stock. It's pretty huge though, not sure if you'd be into that.

  15. Comment on Calls grow for Germany-wide use of face masks in ~health.coronavirus

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    Sooo where the hell would I get one, though? They've been sold out for weeks now, everywhere.

    Sooo where the hell would I get one, though? They've been sold out for weeks now, everywhere.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Bird lays off about 30% of workforce amid COVID-19 pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    Will it be the death of scooter sharing? I want to come back from quarantine to streets clean from the trash.

    Will it be the death of scooter sharing? I want to come back from quarantine to streets clean from the trash.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Preliminary evidence suggests Bay Area shelter-in-place order is flattening the curve in ~health.coronavirus

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    Isn't it too early to tell? I assumed the data is going to lag 2-3 weeks (incubation + testing periods) behind any of the measures taken.

    Isn't it too early to tell? I assumed the data is going to lag 2-3 weeks (incubation + testing periods) behind any of the measures taken.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Folding at Home: Team Tildes information in ~comp

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    Didn't know passkey affects the points, just requested one, thanks!

    Didn't know passkey affects the points, just requested one, thanks!

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Folding at Home: Team Tildes information in ~comp

  20. Comment on Envelope - transform your phone into a simpler, calmer device in ~tech

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    It lets you skip the login process during the setup, so yeah

    It lets you skip the login process during the setup, so yeah

    3 votes