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Thursday, 8th December, 2016

  • 05:22 PM - CapnZapp mentioned Over the Hill Gamer in post 2016 Feats Review
    Have you tried removing Extra Attack ehile you're at it? Maybe attack rolls entirely? Just take 11 on all attacks. Much faster. Oh and get rid of pesky damage dice too. Over the Hill Gamer: It's possible Yunru is sarcastic here. If so, don't mind him. You have done nothing to deserve scorn, and I wish you good luck with your game :)

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Monday, 2nd April, 2018

  • 11:14 PM - Morrus quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Hidden
  • 11:09 PM - Tranquilis quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    That's pretty sad if they actually censor people for using the term political correctness. I know it's a term of the right and I largely disagree with the people who use it but still, it's a thing. The term is a legitimate expression of opinion. Heavy-handed censorship of legitimate poltical discourse is unfortunate. Your solution that these people should "stay out of those threads" is another kind of censorship. Political censorship is anti-1st amendment and anti-American in my opinion. It is a stacked discussion, to be sure. I honestly thought that, for example, “SJW”was an actual term used by social activists and not a pejorative. To throw out biased “articles” like these, and then control the responses of those opposed isn’t “fair”, and it is disingenuous if one is opening up the comments section for replies and responses. The quality of these posts (disguised as articles or news) is very suspect and biased. I wouldn’t open myself up to the liability of attaching my name (or that of a sit...
  • 10:21 PM - Morrus quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    That's pretty sad if they actually censor people for using the term political correctness. I know it's a term of the right and I largely disagree with the people who use it but still, it's a thing. The term is a legitimate expression of opinion. Heavy-handed censorship of legitimate poltical discourse is unfortunate. Your solution that these people should "stay out of those threads" is another kind of censorship. Political censorship is anti-1st amendment and anti-American in my opinion. I’m not American, or a “they”; and that’s also not what your first amendment says. But that’s by-the-by. If you have questions about the civil inclusive behaviour I expect in this community, take it to the Meta forum and I’ll happily explain it to you in no uncertain terms. This is not the place for it.
  • 10:14 PM - Dire Bare quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    That's pretty sad if they actually censor people for using the term political correctness. I know it's a term of the right and I largely disagree with the people who use it but still, it's a thing. The term is a legitimate expression of opinion. Heavy-handed censorship of legitimate poltical discourse is unfortunate. Your solution that these people should "stay out of those threads" is another kind of censorship. Political censorship is anti-1st amendment and anti-American in my opinion. Really? Grown-ups know better than this. Words have literal, dictionary definitions or meanings. Sure. And words have connotations they have picked up over time. The word retard has a very clinical, specific use when talking about those with mental illness . . . well, it used to. Now it's a slur. The n-word (gah, I can't even type it) also had a specific, non-pejorative meaning at one point in the past. Please don't use it today. This is how language works dude, and I think you know this. The literal meanings and...
  • 10:09 PM - Afrodyte quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    That's pretty sad if they actually censor people for using the term political correctness. I know it's a term of the right and I largely disagree with the people who use it but still, it's a thing. The term is a legitimate expression of opinion. Heavy-handed censorship of legitimate poltical discourse is unfortunate. Your solution that these people should "stay out of those threads" is another kind of censorship. Political censorship is anti-1st amendment and anti-American in my opinion. The 1st amendment means that you can't be thrown in jail for running your mouth about the government. It doesn't mean that private citizens who own or maintain a product or service owe you a platform.
  • 07:55 PM - JonnyP71 quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    I view fantasy RPGs as a respite from the politicization of everything that is currently in vogue in our culture. Hear hear. Gaming is an escape from 'real life', and I cringe when I see certain topics pushed to the fore. ... and now I return to pondering the next adventure theme for my insensitive, bigoted, often misogynistic 'pseudo-medieval' fantasy world. Because that's where I want to escape to when running a game...
  • 07:42 PM - Dire Bare quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    I prefer Ancestry. I am not offended by Race but given the great number of meanings and controversy over its use in our own culture, it might be best to move on to something else. What I am offended by is the increasing tendency of this website to raise divisive topics and then censor the responses. I can tell you that I don't play RPGs as a way to increase my participation in the US culture wars. If you don't want to hear people's opinions then don't raise the topic. I view fantasy RPGs as a respite from the politicization of everything that is currently in vogue in our culture. Maybe I am insensitive but I don't come here to have my political views (left leaning) affirmed. Have to call BS on this. Morrus and the other moderators most certainly do not "censor" opinions on the site. What they do is block the insulting behavior of some bad actors. You'll find plenty of opinions in this very thread on all sides of the issue whether the term "race" is used problematically in D&D or not. The OP certain...

Sunday, 25th March, 2018


Saturday, 24th March, 2018

  • 10:57 PM - Afrodyte quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Hidden
  • 07:12 PM - Skepticultist quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post The Journey To...North America, Part Two
    Somehow I fail to see what this article wants to say. Maybe its because I have no idea what the author means with "sacred" exactly. Something "sacred" usually means something with a religious meaning or importance. Yet I fail to see how Beowulf or Thermopylae would be considered sacred. "Mythic" might have been the better word. That's because "sacred" is an extremely wishy-washy, vague term that has no specific or concrete action. Like the statement "The magic would be subtle and beautiful and full of mystery." This is poetic, but completely ungameable. Nobody, not even SMHWorlds, really knows what it means or how it would translate into gameplay. Also I disagree that a campaign about Tribes in North America necessarily have to be very spiritual. Like with the druid in D&D the spirituality can be mentioned but take a backseat to exploring, diplomacy/politics or warfare among the tribes. I think it's reductive and plays dangerous close to the Noble Savage stereotype. I live inbetween two different ...
  • 06:15 PM - Phasestar quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post The Journey To...North America, Part Two
    I would simply advise anyone considering delving into a non-European culture to do so with great caution, or if they are not prepared to do the requisite research, not at all. One need only consider the controversy WotC made when they created Chult, with its Africa-like "tropes." I am sure they didn't intend to offend anyone, but people were offended for a variety of reasons and the company was publically excoriated. The superficial research conducted by your average RPG company is likely insufficient to the task and they risk a lot as WotC recently discovered. We've gone off-topic from the original article, which I honestly did not really have an issue with, but I do have a bone to pick with the discussion that followed it. I hear what you're saying, but I hope this "modern" point of view which equates to just telling a lot of people to shut up is a fad - the idea that people can only research or include a culture if they are of that culture or have a particular skin color is one of the more absurd...
  • 01:57 PM - Erdric Dragin quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post The Journey To...North America, Part Two
    In the old days, one could just let their imagination run wild and recklessly mix whatever nonsense from TV, movies, books, fantastical or historical you might recall to create one's own story about another culture. Today, surveying other cultures, particularly non-European cultures, is like walking through a minefield of cultural sensitivities. The recent discussions regarding Chult, Oriental Adventures, and native Americans demonstrate that you really need to do your research lest you run offend representatives of these cultures. My recommendation is that unless you have ready access to a Ph.D in the culture in question you just stay well away. Make up your own culture and make sure it's not really a front for an Earth culture. Because it is exactly those trope stories told by Europeans to enforce an idea that such people were "less than, not equal" to themselves. And it hasn't grown much. You call it catering to sensitivities, but I call it whites finally re-questioning these cultures and becoming enl...
  • 12:23 PM - Derren quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post The Journey To...North America, Part Two
    In the old days, one could just let their imagination run wild and recklessly mix whatever nonsense from TV, movies, books, fantastical or historical you might recall to create one's own story about another culture. Today, surveying other cultures, particularly non-European cultures, is like walking through a minefield of cultural sensitivities. The recent discussions regarding Chult, Oriental Adventures, and native Americans demonstrate that you really need to do your research lest you run offend representatives of these cultures. My recommendation is that unless you have ready access to a Ph.D in the culture in question you just stay well away. Make up your own culture and make sure it's not really a front for an Earth culture. That is in the end the logical conclusion. If you want North American tribes to be represented in RPGs you do not write threatening articles about how careful you must be to be morally correct. The result is that either people will just not care about it or not use them in RP...
  • 04:44 AM - Mark Craddock quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post The Journey To...North America, Part Two
    In the old days, one could just let their imagination run wild and recklessly mix whatever nonsense from TV, movies, books, fantastical or historical you might recall to create one's own story about another culture. Today, surveying other cultures, particularly non-European cultures, is like walking through a minefield of cultural sensitivities. The recent discussions regarding Chult, Oriental Adventures, and native Americans demonstrate that you really need to do your research lest you run offend representatives of these cultures. My recommendation is that unless you have ready access to a Ph.D in the culture in question you just stay well away. Make up your own culture and make sure it's not really a front for an Earth culture. Or you could study your market and then gauge how many sales you are truly losing vs the virtue signaling. Yes, there are people who feel that you can't write about a culture unless you are a part of that culture. And then there are other people who don't feel that way. It comes...

Monday, 19th March, 2018

  • 03:22 PM - Imaculata quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Game Mechanics And Player Agency
    I think the greater threat to player agency is not GM overreach but system mechanics that steer players to a handful of defined options, moves, or actions. These systems remove the greater scope of possibility. -Or player interpretation of those mechanics. I've encountered plenty of players in my life who thought that character actions in D&D were limited to whatever you have skills or abilities for. Especially so with third edition, with that big list of skills. I've gradually taught my players that they can try to do any action they like, and statistics are only relevant when I say so.

Friday, 9th March, 2018

  • 09:29 PM - mrm1138 quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Will Pathfinder 2nd Edition Be Based on D&D 5E?
    I would love to see a major, supported system out there where combat resolution is faster than Pathfinder or 5e -- a game that is less of a miniatures wargame and more of a roleplaying game. A game where someone who has never played an RPG before could sit down, quickly create a PC, and get right into play.Savage Worlds? I could almost agree except for the fact that Savage Worlds places so much emphasis on maps and minis and has all those little fiddly combat modifiers that come into play.
  • 04:00 PM - Jim Hauber quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Will Pathfinder 2nd Edition Be Based on D&D 5E?
    I would love to see a major, supported system out there where combat resolution is faster than Pathfinder or 5e -- a game that is less of a miniatures wargame and more of a roleplaying game. A game where someone who has never played an RPG before could sit down, quickly create a PC, and get right into play. Savage Worlds?
  • 05:28 AM - trancejeremy quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post Pathfinder 2E At Gary Con
    I can't wait to purchase the playtest book, the playtest adventure, and the specially designed playtest mat. I wonder if they'll have playtest minis and dice, too? As exciting as these photos are, I wish there were some photos of the actual game designers thinking of ideas for the 2nd edition. But don't dare suggest this new edition is a cash grab

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

  • 03:34 AM - Yaztromo quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post When Fantasy Meets Africa
    In the future, they would be well advised to think it through more carefully when treading on issue areas that, when mishandled, many people could find hurtful and insulting. In the past, fantasy Vikings (for example) have been managed and mismanaged by most RPGs in many ways, mostly poor stereotypes, without Scandinavian countries declaring themselves hurt and insulted. The same can be said about merchant republics or Oriental Adventures: I haven't heard any Italian or Japanese or Chinese complaining about the stereotypes that were used and misused in the story of RPGs when touching that topics. If publishers are told that they have to take incredibly extra care when mash upping other cultures in their games to avoid hurting and insulting nations, they will just avoid the topic. Yes, that nations will complain that they are generally overlooked, but it's the lesses evil compared to making the feel insulted. Maybe that's what happened more than once in the past and one of the explanation that many ...

Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

  • 03:43 PM - Celebrim quoted Over the Hill Gamer in post When Fantasy Meets Africa
    The mere act of exploration -- one of the pillars of DnD -- is in itself a sort of "othering" of a culture. *face palm* The height of intellectual attainment is not inventing a label and finding boxes to slap it on. I mean, two can play this game: "The mere act of eating in an ethnic restaurant or visiting a foreign location - one of the pillars of woke society - is in itself a sort of "othering" of a culture. Explorers from afar visit a strange, new land or roam the streets of an exotic city. All of the people, sights, and sounds of this new place are not strange to themselves. They are quite normal in their own view. It is the visitor who finds this "other" culture to be exotic." Yay, I can spew Sokal word salad too!


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