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    Is that your blog? That's awesome; I'm sending...

    Is that your blog? That's awesome; I'm sending that to everyone I know even as we speak.
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    You're my sort of gamer.

    You're my sort of gamer.
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    :) D&D provides a common language for...

    :) D&D provides a common language for roleplayers, and for that its position in every gamer's library is guaranteed. But I do feel that those players who never play anything else are missing out.

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    To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure that D&D...

    To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure that D&D really simulates low level particularly well.

    You can slow the XP rate, encourage multiclassing, and so forth - I'm sure all of those work - but they...
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    To say nothing of the fact that if "hounding"...

    To say nothing of the fact that if "hounding" tactics are allowed, then the PCs really shine. Scrying teleporting engines of destruction that always sleep in extradimensional spaces are extremely...
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    They allow it, yes. They even have rules for...

    They allow it, yes. They even have rules for showing what the proportion of the population is of level X.

    And by these rules, you would probably not be able to get 100 2nd level warriors, let...
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    Feh - you fail your powergaming 101 test. ;) What...

    Feh - you fail your powergaming 101 test. ;) What you should be doing is being Polymorphed into something Huge and using a Spiked Chain... ;)

    But yes, you're absolutely right; the removable of the...
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    Here's the issue: how much does a 10th level...

    Here's the issue: how much does a 10th level soldier get paid, compared to a 10th level adventuring fighter?

    I'm not saying that there are no answers to that sort of question, but it is a poser....
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    (snip!) The problem with that is the same as...

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    The problem with that is the same as it is with the analogous real world situation - it assumes that your magical/nuclear capable opponents are sane. For the most part they will be, but a...
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    (snip!) I have no problem with any of that,...

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    I have no problem with any of that, because you are essentially acknowledging my point: that in a drag out battle, the PCs have the advantage. So absolutely the opposition should be sneaky...
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    That's where we'll have to agree to differ, then,...

    That's where we'll have to agree to differ, then, because with the power of 9th level spells and 20th level spellcasters, wiping out that army doesn't constitute an "unreasonable expectation" in my...
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    It weakens fighters because they're the only ones...

    It weakens fighters because they're the only ones that actually have to face the possibility of getting hit (critical or otherwise) in order to wipe out an army. (Rogues, too, of course, but rogues...
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    I'm not sure that any of that does more than just...

    I'm not sure that any of that does more than just make fighters weak.

    A standard unit in BR is 200 individuals. Virtually any high level spellcaster has spells that can easily destroy that many...
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    It was being debated above (by geeman, among...

    It was being debated above (by geeman, among others).
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    Rogues vs Fighters in combat summary: Fighters...

    Rogues vs Fighters in combat summary: Fighters have nothing to worry about from rogues.

    Detailed analysis:
    IF the rogue is able to sneak attack every time he gets a full attack, then he can - at...
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    (snip!) A few points: Using a Savage...

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    A few points:

    Using a Savage Species inspired progression, you could ensure that someone with a great bloodline could take it in pieces, so they don't have to take the whole LA at once...
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    I think that approach has a lot to recommend it,...

    I think that approach has a lot to recommend it, actually.

    The one stumbling block here is that regents can smash the gp per level limit fairly easily with the use of the Finance action. Outright...
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    My original reply contained an outline of how a...

    My original reply contained an outline of how a 15th level fighter could perform as I suggested (and no, I didn't ignore grappling or archery). But I deleted it before posting because I'm pretty sure...
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    To be fair, there's nothing at all forcing...

    To be fair, there's nothing at all forcing someone with a major or great bloodline taking major or great powers. You can always substitute minor abilities instead.
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    (and snip) Forget wizards - what about...

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    Forget wizards - what about fighters? Using Great Cleave or Whirlwind Attack, a high level fighter can murder armies on his own.
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    Actually, I disagree somewhat. The thing about...

    Actually, I disagree somewhat.

    The thing about the LA solution is that everyone suffers equally. Look at it from the powergaming perspective (the correct perspective when analysing mechanics): a...
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    Well, while I agree with the general sentiment of...

    Well, while I agree with the general sentiment of NPCs getting more powerful (I'll come back to that in a moment - hold that thought), I think the way that the Gorgon is portrayed, your players'...
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    To be pedantic, I think you mean "LA" rather than...

    To be pedantic, I think you mean "LA" rather than "ECL" there.
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    Actually I can see Mikal's point. I...

    Actually I can see Mikal's point.

    I acknowledge everything in that list, ploesch - but it's not enough to make me want to take scion levels as a wizard, sorcerer, druid, or cleric. If you removed...
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    If you give full spellcasting progression, then...

    If you give full spellcasting progression, then the balance swings too far the other way. Fighters and rogues must give up a little bit to take scion levels (a feat, some skill points, whatever); a...
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