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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    I honestly don't understand this part of our conversation. I viewed your invocation of Old Geezer's statement (which I hadn't recalled seeing before) as a non sequitur when I first saw it.
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    I think the way you presented that characterization on the other thread definitely suggested I believed things I don't. And those are things aI publicly spoke out against at the time, so I was especially bothered by your breakdown of the history.
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    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    Again, this is a playstyle issue, not an universal problem in need of fixing. I think the problem is you are pathologizing playstyle preference. Look 5E is a mainstream game. Maybe the problem isn't deeply rooted habits that need to be fixed. Maybe this is just what a mainstream RPG looks like. But 5E isn't the only game out there. It isn't a zero sum game. I don't play 5E because I realize my...
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    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    My position on this hasn't changed. I've been banging this drum for years when it comes to labels like Magic Tea Party and Mother May I. Threads like this just demonstrate why those kinds of labels are such an issue in gaming discussions.
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    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    I am not assuming the worst about this. There are honest differences in preference on this matter. But know the group your in. And in certain groups, claiming your uncle would give you that kind of information, might be perceived as cheating (unless there was a very good reason for it to be the case in the campaign). Again, I don't even share Maxperson's preference here. I just think people are...
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    Sure, but I think it is very telling where all the analysis leads: all the places things can go wrong, seem to reside amid other peoples' playstyle preference. When your analysis slowly but surely builds an argument for the playstyle you prefer, you might want to question how much bias is leaking into the debate. This just does not appear to me to be a healthy exploration of game style...
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    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    This mentality reaches a counter productive point where it places anything the GM might do under suspicion. GMing is not easy work. It takes more effort and time than the players have to invest. So when I play, I am generally very open minded about what the GM wants, and wants to do. And I just don't get this mindset. Unless the GM is genuinely bad. But I feel like people are predisposed toward...
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    And all that is fine. That is a clear preference. I like my investigations to put player skill agains the mystery. And for ages I just figured this was naturally superior to other approaches. But I played with enough people who I saw genuinely had more fun if their character was a simulation of Sherlock Holmes, to understand there are just different preferences when it comes to this. By the same...
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    Yesterday, 07:03 PM
    How is this not metagaming? I just think this is like basic metagaming that everybody would pretty much agree is metagaming. Again, it might vary by system. But if I were in a group and the GM said okay, you guys can't metagame stuff like knowing how to kill trolls. I'd say 'fair enough'. And if someone went to the mat like people are here, I'd regard them as being disruptive. I mean, it is a...
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    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    I think it is pretty clear having knowledge that is in the Monster Manual, no matter what explanation you provide, would generally be considered metagaming. I understand what you are arguing. But honestly, in just about every group I've been in, the way that would be handled, unless the system had something in it prioritizing player backgrounds and letting them impact this, you would be expected...
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    Yesterday, 06:55 PM
    The rulebook just says that they should discuss things. But it also says the GMs word is final. I don't disagree that rulebooks say different things. I don't know why we are debating this point though as the relevant one is the section at the start of the text that strongly suggests discouragement of metagaming (again in the sense Maxperson is talking about). I realize you are trying to make this...
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    Yesterday, 06:51 PM
    I never intended to suggest that you did say or think this.
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    Yesterday, 06:47 PM
    I am being genuine, but there has been a style of argumentation here that doesn't strike me as genuine at all. And you are misunderstanding what I am saying about RQ. I am saying people are looking at it through a skewed lens, interpreting it through their own playstyle and not seeing what I think most people see when they read that. In terms of Maxperson's use of metagaming being the obviously...
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    Yesterday, 05:40 PM
    Because it is pretty self evident to anyone who has been in the hobby for ten minutes
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    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    I donít regard it as cheating. But regarding it as cheating is a thing, no matter how many crossbows you bring up. Obviously a crossbow is not secret info. Burning trolls by fire is more obviously a secret. This is painfully common. And it isnít hard to understand. You guys are using clever arguments to obscure his point (a point I donít even really agree with but think makes sense).
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    Yesterday, 02:41 PM
    I am not having any trouble following Maxperson's preferences at all, because I've gamed with people who express them and have no difficulty abiding by their concerns in play. I am not saying you have to game the way he does, or that his way is the best. I am just saying, it is a real way of playing the game that is not at all uncommon and most of what he is talking about centers on players not...
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    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    I understand what you are saying. I actually watch his videos and have read many of his articles. But when I think 'setting focused' I think things like sandbox or exploration. Which Ron Edwards has been antagonistic toward. This end of the playing spectrum is pretty much where arguments over Edward's ideas begin. Again, I don't have anything personally against Edwards. I find him to be a very...
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    Yesterday, 02:31 PM
    I am not particularly concerned about definitional arguments. I am just reacting to Maxperson's actual position, rather than forcing him to take one by expanding the terms he is using to include things he isn't talking about. Look when most people complain about meta gaming, they are not talking about party united ness, they are talking exactly about the things that Maxperson is describing. By...
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    Yesterday, 01:13 PM
    Not sure what this means in terms of what I said
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    Yesterday, 12:44 PM
    Then you are not being genuine. Obviously we are talking about the playerís knowledge of the MM or their knowledge gained from previous D&D experiences.
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    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    Well, you were contrasting them. And I just found him to be an odd person to use to provide an example of this sort of play (since he is pretty antagonistic towards it). But I don't think people consider that meta gaming generally. Not in the sense that it is a problem for play the way a player using his or her knowledge of Trolls would be if the assumption is that line ought to be in play. I've...
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    Yesterday, 12:08 PM
    You don't see them in Wuxia but you see them in related genres, or movies that blend wuxia and other genres. A Chinese Ghost Story has a tree demon for example. You could make this literally too. If these people were insane enough they could create actual Ents to protect the trees from Humanity (and maybe when the Ents are awakened it is discovered they are truly ancient, that the trees...
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    Yesterday, 12:01 PM
    First off, quit it with the snipes. It was bad enough you were trying to tie me to views I don't hold in the orc thread in a very deceptive way. But this kind of posting tactic is getting particularly frustrating in this thread. If you have a personal problem with me, please take it to PM. If we are including HP and dice rolls as metagaming, I would say that is an overly strict definition of...
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    Yesterday, 03:43 AM
    Well, you'd be wrong Dragoner. On both counts. I just didn't understand the point you were trying to make. Could you rephrase it?
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    Yesterday, 02:53 AM
    Why is Ron Edwards the expert on setting focused games here?
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    Yesterday, 01:51 AM
    Not following the point here
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    Yesterday, 01:48 AM
    But they ate just talking about not being a jerk (i.e. killing another PC and saying 'that is what my character would'). You are stretching the meaning very far from the intent
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    Yesterday, 12:55 AM
    That is not the wikipedia page i quoted. I was quoting this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metagaming_(role-playing_games) But even so, I think that still isn't really the case. I mean they are clearly talking about things like the player taking the left passage because he knows the GM always puts traps in the right passageway. They are not talking about talking about rules disputes,...
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    Yesterday, 12:21 AM
    No it isn't. You are once again building a straw man here. That isn't meta gaming at all. I don't think Maxperson has been advocating against people discussing the game during play (or rulings the GM makes). He is talking about players using out of character knowledge to inform their actions in play. A ban on that kind of meta gaming is in no way contradictory with what the text advises. Here...
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 11:32 PM
    I think it is strongly implied by the whole playing within the limits of your character. I think the second portion of your statement is a complete misreading of what it says. That has always been an aspect of rulings (in no way is it a collaboration versus GM rulings. It clearly says the GMs word is final on the matter. But look at my posts through both these threads. I've emphasized both GM...
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 07:35 PM
    Are people really having this much trouble understanding where Maxperson is coming from. It isn't like he is saying he enjoys smashing his player's heads on teh table. He just appreciates making a distinction between character knowledge and player knowledge. This isn't something every group will have the same sensibility about. But it is super common and not at all unusual (and the preference...
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 05:24 PM
    I think reskinned in that way, they fit a lot more.
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 02:04 PM
    I think you are really misinterpreting this throughs he lens of your own playstyle. Nothing in there is controversial or shocking for any old school, run the setting GMs or groups. I talk to my players all the time about rulings, and change my mind about rulings. But the GMs determination is final. And nothing about pitting the players against the setting, running the setting as a living world,...
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 12:03 PM
    You could have other systems that were started secretly but abandoned or even alien technology
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 12:37 PM
    I am just one point of view, and there are much better people at explaining the OSR than me. All I will say is OSR, at this point, is not so easily boiled down to one thing. It is a spectrum of views. I think it leans to challenging the player (though I have absolutely seen OSR people raise concerns about split between character and player knowledge---you can take either view and be old school in...
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 01:45 AM
    But I don't want this.
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    Monday, 18th March, 2019, 01:40 AM
    Except you are framing it too extremely. There is nothing wrong with challenges like monsters that have weaknesses you have to discover. And I think there is place in games for really challenging monsters (who have weaknesses that may be very hard to discover). I think it is fine if you don't like that. But I get a lot of enjoyment from games where there is a risk of dying because I don't figure...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 05:49 PM
    Read the Van Richten books. It really doesnít.each monster can be unique
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 01:52 PM
    I think it is pretty obvious what the intent was. Obviously if there is some quote where Gygax says 'no I wanted the players to use knowledge of the monster from the book to defeat it', then sure. But this is something where the content and intent seem to be one thing, and I'd need actually evidence to the contrary to shift my opinion. On the latter point I think you are right. But then, the...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 01:47 PM
    There are always preferences on these matters. Personally, I just have to say, I don't see the fun of simulating a vampire hunt, nor do I see the fun of knowing monster weaknesses that are something of a secret in the campaign. I can understand if a character class has something like 'know monster weakness' as a feature. That is one thing. But my view is probably closer to Pemerton's on this...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 01:36 PM
    I am very sympathetic to this view. It is my own personal preference on the matter (because I've always liked investigations and monster hunts). So I actually don't disagree with you. If we were playing at the same table, I'd probably be on the same side of this issue as you (at least in terms of the fundamental issue behind this). The only point I would raise though, I have met a lot of players...
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    Sunday, 17th March, 2019, 12:44 PM
    Except there is an obvious difference here in that, this is a specific piece of information about a monster in the game that is clearly intended to create a challenge for groups to figure out. The problem with it, is every player knows the solution now. Again, my view is they probably should pull a page from ravenloft if they want to preserve that early feeling we got with trolls by having each...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 02:26 PM
    I am not particularly rigid about meta game stuff. But in one of my campaigns I have players who don't like it, and one of the players will raise it as an issue if someone uses out of character knowledge (and the other players seem on board with this approach). So I think it is also something that isn't even always a GM thing. If enough players seem to be bothered by people acting on out of...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 12:52 PM
    I would disagree with this. If the player is clearly meta gaming with out of character knowledge, while meta gaming that way is permitted in some kinds of campaigns, it is pretty standard in many games to draw a clear line and prevent it. Unless the GM is using this as an excuse to block all kinds of actions, and just limiting it to genuine places where meta game knowledge is being used, it...
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    Saturday, 16th March, 2019, 12:18 AM
    If you read Return of Condor Heroes, or watch series based on it, it has a lot in common with the first Star Wars Trilogy (at least to my eyes). I doubt Lucas was directly influenced by it. But still some stuff feels kind of similar.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 07:21 PM
    Stuff from Tron might actually be an interesting fit to what you are describing
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:38 PM
    The Ring Wraiths could be cultivaters with fire deviation. Or they could have cybernetic implants that block some acupoints and empower others to an extreme degree. Maybe tech somehow opens up the world of ghosts and spirits? You could bring in some Chinese Ghost story stuff for that.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 02:28 PM
    Challenge ratings, skills, etc all had a big effect. 3E combat took longer in my view. Played very differently from how I ran it with 2E. It wasn't so much about the Ravnloft mechanics themselves, as about the 2E versus 3E mechanics. Though the Ravenloft mechanics are still important. I think another issue was more focus on grids and tactics in 3E. Its comprehensiveness as a system was...
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 01:30 PM
    I never found 3E Ravenloft to have quite the same feel. It just lost something that I enjoyed. It wasn't until I went back to running Ravenloft strictly with 2E that I realized how big an impact the 3E system had on my enjoyment of that setting (also I wasn't as into the setting material put out by S&S)
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 01:13 PM
    That is fair. But not my cup of tea. Keep in mind the closest we had to skills st the time was NWPs and those were optional (and not assumed to be in play in all campaigns). There were other skill options in the PHB but it was still a very different game from WOTC D&D. Personally I think this works great for horror and mystery adventures. The Van Richten books get deep into this and those are...
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 01:03 PM
    Raven loft has a good solution to this problem: make every monster, or st least a great many of them, have individual weaknesses. For example maybe standard vampires can be stalked through the heart and have their heads chopped off, but some might require a particular kind of wood related to their background. That kind of customization gets at the original purpose of things like trolls being...
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 12:33 PM
    I didn't realize ellipsis were used to denote sarcasm. By the way, my initiate response was meant to be humorous, not challenging.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 01:42 AM
    Some people enjoy the rolls and enjoy seeing how that leads to things playing out. this isn't what I generally like but I've played with enough people who like it to see that it is a real playstyle difference. I see it all the time with investigation adventures. The difference between wanting to simulate Sherlock Holmes and wanting to be in Sherlock Holmes' shoes, solving the mysteries. He...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 09:53 PM
    It isn't the only way to do things, but these are totally different examples. Your professor isn't playing a totally different game than a GM, and the GM is under the assumption that character knowledge and player knowledge are separate things (and while it isn't an assumption of every group or system) that divide is a widespread assumption in the hobby. No one is faulting you for knowing what...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 05:48 PM
    Sadras. He was saying I was a mod at TheRPGsite, not here.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 05:41 PM
    I am not a mod there anymore Dragoner
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 05:32 PM
    I am not interested in getting into cross forum drama but anyone who saw my posts as those topics came up would see, with the exception of things like free speech (which I believe in very strongly) I was opposed to each of those things. And very vocal about my opinion.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 04:16 PM
    That is a completely cool approach to play. And it is one where you might need to employ the orc trope in order to make your point.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 03:56 PM
    I misunderstood the intention there. Carry on in that case
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 03:51 PM
    But all those sources were inspired by a wide reading of history. Conan certainly was. Harryhausen certainly was. Not to mention so many of the other writers on Appendix N. Even if you just stick with vaguely European, a lot of these tropes about non-civilized and savage invaders can be applied to groups like Vikings, Celts and Germanic tribes as well. EDIT: Also D&D is much bigger than...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 03:20 PM
    Look at the OP again. It isnít merely about whether parallels exist. It is about whether orcs promote a colonialist narrative.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:42 PM
    Because the fine toothed comb is a hyper critical one that labels things X and doesn't remove that label. I am arguing for nuance. Saying things are greatly dependent on their context. And understanding nuance of a movie's message isn't nearly as intense or involved as combing through sociology texts, examining the history of a trope, etc to make an argument about it.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:37 PM
    I am not going to answer a question framed this way. Edit: And you know perfectly well I am not saying that making good media requires the use of racist tropes. Please don't put words in my mouth. My argument about Pablum is valid in my mind. But that isn't what it is. I think you are being extremely disingenuous Pemerton. And I think you are enjoying this process far too much. Like I said...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:36 PM
    Pemerton, I am just not finding his quotes compelling, and I think they are an example of the kind of fine toothed comb approach I've been critical of. He is doing the academic thing I am complaining out, which is taking selective quotes from various sources (which can easily be cherry picked, and are not necessarily evidence of anything except another person's opinion or conclusion) and pairing...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:32 PM
    This isn't my argument Pemerton.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:31 PM
    I just want to say, I think the 4E debates are a whole other category of thing. Those were not at all about issues pertaining to race and so forth. That was an edition war that got very heated. I don't really care anymore, but I was not a fan of 4E and said so, and I don't think that puts me in the same category as online trolls trying to get Rose Tico out of star wars or something. I am not...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:24 PM
    I think if you go with wuxia and xianxia style magic, you could blend that with technology. Much of it is based on Qi cultivation and stuff like acupoints. I can easily see that being extended into computer systems for example. Also there is the trope of spirited objects in chinese legend (which appears in these kinds of movies). So you could have a spirited AI or a spirited machine of some kind.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 02:22 PM
    Wait a second. I've seen the Lost Continent and The Vampire Lovers. I love Hammer Movies, but I am not seeing how they are subtle.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:54 PM
    Can you see how that isn't good for media or for society? Heck I waited six months to watch the new star wars so I wouldn't be affected by all the online discussion about it when I saw it (and I am very glad I did). I honestly didn't understand the reactions from anyone when I actually saw the thing.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:43 PM
    I get what you are saying. I am not suggesting you are making stuff up. I grew up in the late 70s and early 80s as well, so I know what you are referring to. I do think there is a difference though between the state of 70s and 80s media and today. And while I can certainly see that often times groups were depicted as the savage. I don't think that means the savage trope needs to be taken off the...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:02 PM
    I never said race isnít in the news, nor did I say racism wasnít a problem. I am saying arguments about orcs or dungeons being colonialist tropes are highly academic (though I did state theyíve filtered into the broader online culture). Like I said above, we are repeating ourselves. I have given my point of view and I am not an academic, so I am not going to pull out quotes from sociology text...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:42 PM
    I am not saying only people with advanced degrees notice this stuff. I am saying it is primarily people with advanced degrees who make these observations (or people sufficiently practiced in the language of this topic that has filtered into online culture). I can't comment on the people you've met who say things. I am saying there is a real divide here, and I'm giving you my personal observations...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:32 PM
    Thanks Darkbard, very much appreciate the kind thoughts.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:20 PM
    I feel the posts above generally mischaracterize or frame my positions in the worst conceivable light, so I am not responding. But this I want to respond to. You are very good at debate pemerton. I am going to acknowledge I have reached my limit in terms of being able to debate this topic with you (not because I am wrong, but simply because I am not as smart, practiced, or educated as you). But I...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 11:45 AM
    I agree there are plenty of media tropes that are obviously racist and don't require any schooling or training to see. I don't think that is the case with things like D&D orcs. When I see arguments about orcs and colonialism, or dungeon delving as a form of colonialism, you can see the academic lens of that point and it isn't something most people walk around with. The rest of your post...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 01:09 AM
    I am not feeling very well tonight so I can't respond to this one in as much depth as I would like (I found this post to be very well stated and to raise a number of interesting points). Just want to respond to this as best I can at the moment. We do not disagree on the fundamental point here. I want people to feel welcome, and I don't want to exclude anyone. Obviously it is good your friend...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 12:43 AM
    That wasnít my argument. I said many times that itís an ethnic slur and I donít use it. But my argument was the football team name itself is a slur. In the case of orcs the name isnít a slur. It was merely part of the language Tolkien used to describe them (and my point about that was I canít tell if he has an ethnic group in mind or is just using it to describe an eye shape)
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 08:03 PM
    Missed the time period. my bad
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 07:50 PM
    Could have cool effect if the eye shows up on iPhones and computer screens. It is chilling but all makes a very needed modern tool risky to use (maybe have a roll or have it come up on failed skill roll)
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 06:02 PM
    Just have Sauron put them on the Terrorist Watch List. Have the eye of Sauron be either a conspiracy of many government agencies around the world, or agents from a particular government
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 04:58 PM
    Another good one is Holy Flame of the Martial World (similar style and era)
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 01:29 PM
    I would just reiterate what Sadras said. This isn't changing the text. This is making an casting choice that either disregards what the text says or reinterprets it (I am not able to remember how all the other races are described in Lord of the Rings, so don't know which category such a casting choice would fall into). But either way, I really don't care who they cast. I think the best thing is...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 01:20 PM
    My grandfather was a boxer in the 30s and 40s, and Italian. On his boxing license there is an entry for "Complexion", and it is listed as "Medium". I never was able to confirm why that was there, but I assumed it had something to do with fighting in Jim Crow areas of the country. Because there isn't really much of a reason to mark down a boxer's complexion that I can think of.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 01:17 PM
    But I am not being dismissive, and I said in this thread I am fine them casting whoever they want as hobbits (or elves). If they want to cast black actors as elves, I don't see a problem (and you don't have to change the text). At the same time, I don't think it is a crime for a writer to assign some kind of features to fantasy groups. I wouldn't complain if the elves were generally dark skinned,...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 01:08 PM
    Where I grew up it was mainly Jewish, Italian and Irish. So it was one of the first things that tended to come up. It was never done disrespectfully, but it wasn't particularly touchy feely either. In Boston people are generally pretty rough with each other, but in a way that is meant to be friendly busting of chops. I think that kind of cultural detail is one that gets lost in these debates (and...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 11:56 AM
    I think this is an oversimplification. Like I mentioned in the north east asking about ethnic heritage is pretty common. Most of my friends growing up were Jewish and they would ask that question as much as anyone (and obviously Jewish people were subject to exactly the sort of thing you invoke). This is just something that crops up I think when you have a lot of immigrant groups living in close...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 11:50 AM
    My issue with this is you stated it as a request to me. It just made it sound like you thought I was at risk of doing that sort of thing. That is like me asking you to please not murder any children. Can you see how I would feel the need to weigh in defensively? I would never treat a player that way at my table.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 11:47 AM
    I don't watch football so this isn't an issue I follow much (for example I don't know what the opinion of the team name is among Native Americans in polls). But I see a clear difference here. This is a team name that is using an actual ethnic slur of a real people as its name. If orcs were instead called something like that as their name, sure that would be pretty hard to ignore. Instead we are...
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 11:44 AM
    I am including everyone in that most people. Again, I think this has a lot more to do with educational background. One thing that frequently surprises me about this is how often people in minority groups have a very different opinion about this stuff than I might think if I just went by this thread. So this isn't about just listening to white people or something. But again, at the end of the day,...
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Thursday, 19th April, 2018

  • 11:06 PM - TheSalemLord quoted J.L. Duncan in post Reload The Savage World Of Deadlands
    Nope I meant what I said... As in it didn't excite anyone in my group to play it. They weren't confused (or nonplussed) about what the game was... Just not enthused to play it. Been there...Still there. My groups are still sticking to D&D. Not that is wrong, but it saddens me that they didn't want to try something different or new :yawn:... So, we keep playing D&D. I really want to try Deadlands, the setting is awesome. I've tried with the 3.0 D20 Edition version of Deadlands with other group for the familiarity with the D20 rules...worked..fine, but wasn't good at all. I really want to try SW rules set.

Monday, 16th April, 2018

  • 04:21 PM - choam10191 quoted J.L. Duncan in post Reload The Savage World Of Deadlands
    Nope I meant what I said... As in it didn't excite anyone in my group to play it. They weren't confused (or nonplussed) about what the game was... Just not enthused to play it. Non-pulsed isn't actually a word. And if you were to construct a neologism meaning what you claim to have meant, it would be more like "low-pulsed" or "min-pulsed"; the only logical interpretation of "non-pulsed" is DEAD, as in "not living". Wraith Form was giving you the benefit of the doubt in assuming you inadvertently used a malapropism. And, yes, the North American usage of "nonplussed" meaning "unimpressed" would've been closer to your intention: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nonplussed

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

  • 04:08 AM - Steve Conan Trustrum quoted J.L. Duncan in post Palladium Announces Collapse of Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter
    Yes, backers can contact the AG of Michigan, but unless those backers reside in Michigan that AG won't listen to them. Each backer will be encouraged to contact the AG of whichever state they live in.Not true. Look up what's going on with Ken Whitman, perhaps the most notorious gaming industry crowdfunding fraudster there is. Out-of-state complaints are being accepted by the AG of the state where Ken lives. IIRC, they are looking at him for possible wire fraud charges.

Thursday, 1st March, 2018

  • 04:32 PM - kenmarable quoted J.L. Duncan in post Palladium Announces Collapse of Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter
    The lawsuit will not go anywhere if things continue as is over on that Facebook page. Apparently, the lawyer (a sister of one of the backers) that was contacted wrote up a threat of legal action and sent that letter to Palladium siting KS ToS; which a judge wouldn't move a finger on and has no legal standing. i didn't understand this (than to suspect it wasn't a real lawyer) as anyone putting forth a letter should be directly siting Law (and how it was violated) not KS' ToS. The only thing which is relevant, which is what you note, is whether Palladium can account for everything and can prove they've not committed fraud. If there is a question on that and it's brought to court a judge might order them to open and account for their books. Will this happen? Who knows. It might, if those backers get a real lawyer. And most likely have a backer who is in the state of Michigan head the effort... Otherwise they should all be contacting the FTC... I mean I feel for those folks but if they want to...

Friday, 27th October, 2017


Saturday, 21st October, 2017

  • 03:11 AM - Egg Embry quoted J.L. Duncan in post Gaming At The Kid's Table With The Pip System
    Hey Egg, I'm curious, with the modified (simpler) system, are players splitting the difference between the pools? Or perhaps rolling less dice and just tallying results such as: 1-3 as unsuccessful; 4-6 as a success? I haven't had the time to give Eloy's pip system a look, but I did like the original Mermaid Adventures. RPG's THE Jeff Duncan - Excellent question! The simplified system has two major changes: 1) Replace the skills system with straight attributes. 2) Qualities are no longer purchased using Build Points, instead each player should write down the qualities that they want and add +1 white d6 for each one that applies. Simple and well thought out streamlines for a streamlined system. Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer

Saturday, 22nd July, 2017

  • 01:30 PM - VengerSatanis quoted J.L. Duncan in post Win $500 - adventure writing contest
    Hello Venger, How many entries do you anticipate... And are you judging them yourself or are you considering a panel? I'm not sure how many to anticipate, anywhere from 5 to 25... possibly. I'll be judging them myself, though if I do this again maybe a panel of judges would be easier on me. Thanks for the questions. VS

Sunday, 25th June, 2017

  • 10:06 PM - Egg Embry quoted J.L. Duncan in post Gaming At The Kid's Table: Mouse Tails
    +Egg Embry I'm just happy that given the choice (of an internet troll, or a wanna-lancer) you've made the right choice. Just a word of advice: quoting Boromir is easy to do but it is hard to live... And prepare yourself. Hobbylancing takes a level of commitment not common of mortal men. Me? I'm 3/4 elf, 1/16 dwarf & 2/3 halfling so I get by (and all that)... And you needn't worry about conquering the world. All you have to do is write and self-publish an RPG, which you will automatically be the master of (ah, ya-know cause you wrote it!)... You've taken all the right steps... But remember, "only you can prevent forest fires." And if that was a bit vague (or off topic)... What I mean to say is, you're on the right track. :p J.L. Duncan- In-game, I rarely prevent forest fires. On the contrary, 99.9% of fires in RPGs can be traced back to Egg (and a few other players). ;-) Seriously, thanks for the kind words and advice. It's been helpful. ;) Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer Check out EN World Gaming at the Kidsí Table posts to read reviews of The FirstFable RPG and Monster Slayers

Saturday, 24th June, 2017

  • 08:13 PM - Egg Embry quoted J.L. Duncan in post Gaming At The Kid's Table: Mouse Tails
    Egg... At what point does a Wanna-Lancer become an Actual-Lancer? Nice review. And it seems your rackin' up the creds! J.L. Duncan - There is a much-studied progression from wanna-lancer to actual-lancer. As Boromir stated, "One does not simply ." The progress starts as fan, moves to armchair game designer, and either deviates to internet troll or to a wanna-lancer. Following the wanna-lancer wing, you strive to reach hobbylancer status (Ben McFarland has spoken about hobbylancing) before graduating to be a freelancer and a life of leisure. Oh, and conquering the world is in there somewhere... :p Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer Check out EN World Gaming at the Kidsí Table posts to read reviews of The FirstFable RPG and [B]Monster Slayers

Wednesday, 7th June, 2017

  • 08:05 AM - Jhaelen quoted J.L. Duncan in post Playing With Savage Rifts
    Just FYI: For sure, you need the Savage Worlds main book (I have deluxe) to run Savage Rifts. Just wanted to make sure you know that. Ah thanks, I hadn't been aware of that!

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