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    Runequest 2nd, Call of Cthulhu 2nd and 7th, AD&D, D&D 5e
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    D&D Lost Mines of Phandelver.
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    Rediscovering games after a <cough> decades break. Boardgames first, but now enjoying RPGs again.

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  1. Yes – not to be rude as you do ask –it seems you are. Ask yourself what 5 - 5 is. Then 5 - 10. Now 5 - (2 x 5) and 5 - (3 x 5). Hint, the last two answers aren’t -4 and -9. You are counting each number as a hit point. It’s the gaps between the numbers you should be counting. I.e., HP 1 is the range from 0.01* to 1, 2 is 2.01 to 2. * let’s not be pedants here, this is an example value.
  2. Great subject. One of those ideas that never occurs to you but seems obvious once you've heard it. For your delectation, a couple vids of recreations of dinosaur sounds based on bird sounds. I guess what we need for dragonewts is the extrapolation of a bird sound to a man-sized creature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=52&v=QtpSOpUDCb8&feature=emb_logo https://youtu.be/0oWur4bX4Lw And here's one that discusses how sounds might have been made. https://youtu.be/RwRR_qLgvw8
  3. But there’s no harm in indulging ourselves in some wishful thinking, which was all it was really
  4. I admit, I didn’t realise there was so much to them. Give it to me in a two book slipcase then.
  5. Any chance of these being published in a hardback collection, or is it another case of the quality of the original scans not being up to it? That’s something I’d love to have on my shelf.
  6. "Hang on, let me right this down."
  7. <slapsforehead> Ok, you got me. I must be slow today.
  8. Are we talking at cross-purposes?
  9. It's a Doctor Who reference. Only one of the most popular sci-fi shows in TV history. I'd expect plenty of people to get it. There's alway Google, but I supplied a link, so what's the problem?
  10. In response to the Campaign Book comments, there’s clearly room for both approaches – historic events can happen as writ or their outcomes can be changed by campaign events. Speaking as a returning GM who enjoys Glorantha but has discovered there’s a huge body of lore that wasn’t around when he was playing back in the 80s, the thought of changing the timeline is daunting. I don’t know enough about the politics, the armies, the military campaigns, the personalities, etc., to work out what the domino effect is if outcome X changes. I am more than happy to work within a pre-determined timeline, knowing that the world my players are in will maintain consistency. My respect to those who have the knowledge, time and inclination to forge their own path. You go for it. But I’m putting my hand up for a nice supporting framework that gives me and my players an interesting background to work within. Roll on the Campaign Book.
  11. That’s fine, and I think inevitable with a subject like this. The big trouble we have is that we never can really know for sure. All we have is anecdote and intelligent conjecture, and we can only make our best guesses based on the evidence to hand. I’m assuming auto-correct has done its corrupting work and that you meant to say, “…it’s easier to understand by trying to sub-vocalize.” I would agree, but not that difficult for a practiced reader, though still annoying and ultimately tiring.
  12. I believe I made the same points, though not with the depth you have. A good point re the quality of the material they may have had available. Having just had four fails on a captcha I can sympathise with them, though my out loud was rather more of the ‘What the *%&* is that supposed to %^&*ing be,’ rather than saying the letter out loud
  13. I don’t doubt you, and have experienced this myself when dabbling with other languages, but that’s not the readers I was talking about. I was talking about those who knew how to read, reading their first language and the suggestion that they couldn’t internalise it. Now less regular readers, as there were probably many in antiquity due to there being less written material physically available, may well have found it helped to sound out the words, but regular readers and scribes needing to do so rather than doing so merely out of habit doesn’t add up to me. This boils down to how the brain handles reading, and the brain hasn’t changed, so we wouldn’t expect how it handles reading to have changed.
  14. Think I’ll stick with ‘wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey’, thanks, and take Jeremy Bearimy as an homage rather than a rip-off <not blinking, not blinking at all>
  15. Thank you. I also found this https://web.stanford.edu/class/history34q/readings/Manguel/Silent_Readers.html The problem with this is it’s based on anecdotes, and the Stanford article contains much conjecture. If anything the article points to reading out loud being a habit rather than a necessity to understand what’s been written. Given the number of non-readers, it makes sense that people would be used to hearing text being read out loud, as it had to be to reach a bigger audience. It also mentions cases of people reading silently in antiquity, notably a Greek play where this was acted out, implying that the audience would have been familiar with the concept. While accepting that the scholars know far more about it than me, I’m afraid I don’t buy that the skill of reading silently was ‘amazing’, but am happy to accept that it appeared unusual as it wasn’t done regularly, out of habit rather than out of inability. I have no problem with this, nor with the non-standard spelling version. Of course, the amount of reading we do these days is likely vastly more than anyone did in ancient times, damn near all day reading/writing for some of us, so we are far more practiced. That said, a lot like that would be tiring, but I don’t see how it’s any easier speaking it as opposed to reading it silently. There’s another rabbit hole to disappear down here, and that’s how the brain processes reading and if there’s any different pathways between turning it into speech and internalising it silently, but that’s for another day
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