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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 04:45 PM
    Alchemy Jug 27 Bag of Holding 24 - All this does is let you ignore a mechanic that shouldn't exist anyway Bag of Tricks 24 Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals 14 Brazier of Commanding Fire Elementals 14 Broom of Flying 19 - By far the superior flight item on this list Carpet of Flying 26 Censer of Controlling Air Elementals 14 Chime of Opening 10 Crystal Ball 18
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Jug 25 Bag of Beans 11 Bag of Holding 23 - Any DM cruel enough to actually enforce encumbrance rules is going to be too cruel to let you have one of these anyway. Bag of Tricks 23 Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals 14 Brazier of Commanding Fire Elementals 14 Broom of Flying 20 Carpet of Flying 25 Censer of Controlling Air Elementals 14 Chime of Opening 12
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 09:34 PM
    This is what was missing from my fantasy all these years, biological essentialism :p
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 09:17 PM
    How does it fare on a scale between Hackmaster 4e and Hackmaster 5e?
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 07:25 PM
    I wasn't pretending towards any claims of scientific accuracy. You do make a good point about the prevalence of real-life violence in one's life versus simulated violence. I want to be clear; I agree fully that presence of real-life violence in someone's life will naturally impact their personal inclinations towards violence. I am speaking specifically of simulations of violence and how they, by...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 07:20 PM
    Weird, Archivist and Alchemist were my favorites (my only problem with the Archivist is that it wasn't anything like the 3.5 Archivist, but that's not the class's fault)
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 06:26 PM
    I mean, if your honest opinion would run afoul of the board's stated rules on inclusion, for example, then by all means keep that to yourself. Edit: I will add that a statement such as, for example, "the explicit sexual themes in systems like V:tM, Monsterhearts or Apocalypse World is a huge turnoff for me" is a very different statement than one laced with judgment at the people who make/play...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 05:18 PM
    Well I mean, not both at the same time. Or if it is, then make sure it's consensual, at the very least. Safe words are key. (not to dig up a recently closed thread again but while we're talking about misconceptions, rape is about violence and not sex)
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 05:15 PM
    Alchemy Jug 26 Bag of Beans 14 Bag of Holding 21 Bag of Tricks 25 Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals 14 Brazier of Commanding Fire Elementals 16 Broom of Flying 21 Candle of Invocation 4 Carpet of Flying 24 Censer of Controlling Air Elementals 16
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 05:07 PM
    That's the entire point of this thread! I'll bring up another one: basically anything related to OSR. Ya'll realize how much better we've gotten at game design in the past four decades, right? I'll acknowledge that part of it is, for me at least, guilt by association (though I'm sure there are plenty of fine people who play or even produce OSR), but the much bigger part of it is... we...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 04:59 PM
    There are two common cultural concepts that I believe are misconceptions, and why I think violence plays such a large role in our culture (western civilization more broadly, USA more specifically). 1. Violence is always bad If it can be argued that all acts of violence are evil, which I'm not sure about, at worst it can be said to sometimes be a necessary evil. Violence in media (including...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 01:28 AM
    You can't argue basic human decency into somebody dead set against it, and it's a waste of time and energy to keep trying. At a certain point you have to stop feeding the troll.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 09:43 PM
    I didn't know what to expect from Bedrock Games as a publisher, but seeing an (albeit fairly old) book they published written by the RPG Pundit proudly displayed on their front page was not nearly as surprising as it would have been this morning.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 09:06 PM
    Yes, that's the phrase I was looking for! I was having the hardest time remembering it...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:59 PM
    The problem is less the trigger (though in the case of rape it is still a huge problem) and more the lack of warning/consent.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:43 PM
    This is an objectively awful stance. Edit: I'll address the edit too It's not about distaste. It's about subjecting people to trauma that they hadn't signed up for. You don't know who's sitting down at your table. Sexualized violence is distressingly common in the real world, and springing a rape scenario on the character of a player who has been raped is exactly how you re-open those...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:41 PM
    It's not the honesty that's the problem. It's the clear lack of empathy and compassion. It's the immediately equating tears with suspicion. It's the dismissing the very clearly traumatizing nature of the event. Though to be honest, that last sentence is the exact kind of thing bad faith trolling edgelords love to say. "It's too bad you <insert derogatory term here> can't handle the TRUTH...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:27 PM
    This is pointless. If you don't understand how sexualized violence can be traumatizing, and don't understand the nature of trauma to the extent that you'd shame people for crying over it? In the middle of you arguing that shaming people for springing rape scenarios on people is bad? You are existing in mind frame that is so far removed from where anybody and everybody who has tried explaining...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 08:18 PM
    Oh, you've made arguments, of course. None of them are convincing, however, for all of the reasons spelled out across the posts over the last page and half. To recap just the points made in this very short post: "we are giving into our worse nature online when we publicly shame or go after people like this" Again, this is less about shame than it is (a) public accountability and (b) safety. I...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 06:02 PM
    You've yet to make a convincing argument for why we ought to consider that a bad thing.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 05:14 PM
    Basically all of the monster lore created for 4e that 5e abandoned. I guess that would necessarily include the Dawn War and the Elemental Chaos.
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 05:12 PM
    Alchemy Jug 26 Bag of Beans 11 Bag of Holding 26 Bag of Tricks 25 Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals 18 Brazier of Commanding Fire Elementals 18 Broom of Flying 18 Candle of Invocation 7 Carpet of Flying 23 Censer of Controlling Air Elementals 18
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 05:10 PM
    I see this is as a sister thread to the "Systems You Left after One Bad Experience" thread. Whereas that thread asks you what games you abandoned after the play left a bad taste in your mouth, this thread asks you what games you abandoned before you even started; the reading of the game just appealed so little to you. I mean, other than the obvious examples (your F.A.T.A.L.s and what have...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 04:58 PM
    "Sure it can (and often is) can be used for good, but it can also be used as a tool for evil!" This is an argument that holds absolutely no water. Here's a brief but by no means conclusive list of things for which this could said to apply to: *Axes *Hammers *Knives *Motorized Vehicles *Woodchippers *Video Games
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 04:45 PM
    I mean, to be fair, demonstrably false accusations started Gamergate. It's funny how it's only "internet mob mentality" when the mob is pursuing goals antithetical to one's political leaning. This is what people who insist on speaking in hypotheticals don't get: there isn't a single, one-size-fits all solution to this. Context matters. This is (one of many reasons) why the Central Park 5...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 12:06 AM
    Yeah, that's mostly the point.
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 06:30 PM
    To be brutally honest, the whole way BAB worked with multiple attacks/full attack action was probably one of the worst 3.X-isms. Though still better than 3/2 attacks per round nonsense.
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 04:32 PM
    Alchemy Jug 26 Bag of Beans 16 Bag of Holding 24 Bag of Tricks 26 Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals 18 Brazier of Commanding Fire Elementals 18 Broom of Flying 21 Candle of Invocation 15 Carpet of Flying 22 Censer of Controlling Air Elementals 18
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 04:20 PM
    So, you know that old saw about how when people see the phrase "political correctness" and immediately replace it in their minds with "treating others with respect"? I've started doing this similar thing where I replace phrases like "mob mentality" and "internet outrage" with "social accountability" and it really brings the overblown hysterics into full view (which is fairly ironic, now that I...
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 03:33 PM
    Alchemy Jug 23Apparatus of Kwalish 2Bag of Beans 22+1=23Bag of Holding 28-2=26Bag of Tricks 24Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals 18Brazier of Commanding Fire Elementals 20Broom of Flying 23Candle of Invocation 17Carpet of Flying 19Censer of Controlling Air Elementals 20Chime of Opening 19Crystal Ball 18Crystal Ball of Mind Reading 14Crystal Ball of Telepathy 20Crystal Ball of True Seeing 20Cube...
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 05:23 PM
    Alchemy Jug 22 Apparatus of Kwalish 8 Bag of Beans 22 Bag of Devouring 4 Bag of Holding 26 - Do people still track encumbrance? Bag of Tricks 22 Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals 18 Brazier of Commanding Fire Elementals 20 Broom of Flying 23 Candle of Invocation 17
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 05:17 PM
    The conversation around shaming and rehabilitation often has me split in two directions. I'll start by saying that shame doesn't work. At least, in the sense that research shows it does a terrible job in changing an individual's behavior. Whether shame acts as a deterrent for others, I cannot say. I would argue that shame isn't the point though; the more important message about the more open...
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 02:40 AM
    I don’t want to kick any hornets nests, and I certainly don’t want to cast aspersions on anyone’s faith, but there’s a certain... I’m trying to choose my words carefully... but there’s a definite irony, intentional or otherwise, in mentioning the Catholic Church in a discussion about the dangers of sweeping uncomfortable things under the rug, leaving them out of the public eye only to be handled...
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 01:06 AM
    Ah yes, you mean the climate where we talk openly about bad behavior and bad actors, both to discourage future bad behavior but also to make it more difficult for bad actors to continue operating in the shadows by relying on our tendency to sweep things under the carpet and turn a blind eye to behavior that doesn't directly involve us. The climate we've made safer for damn near everybody by...
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 12:56 AM
    There's more historical revisionism going on here than a typical grade school U.S. History class. THAC0 was awful. Negative AC was awful and un-intuitive. We only put up with it because we didn't know any better. Now we do.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 10:17 PM
    Twitter is, conveniently, a place to share stories. Also at least one of the individuals did directly complain to UKGE. Not that it actually matters.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 10:04 PM
    This is the quality content and discourse I come here for
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 09:52 PM
    Moreso than the maths, which as many people have pointed out (and is relevant, by the by) is a tad more complex, the reason why BAB (and especially Proficiency Bonus) is much simpler is because the numbers are right there in your class/general level up descriptions. As opposed to figuring out your THAC0, which is buried in an entirely different part of the book from character creation, on yet...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 08:43 PM
    And even in this case, we can't be entirely certain if this was his initial, genuine reaction, or whether he was steered/coached in that direction by Desborough for his own ends.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 08:37 PM
    This. I suppose it depends on the nature and tone of the game, but D&D (at least 5th edition) is generally geared to be more reminiscent of, say, Iron Man 3 ("You breathe fire? Okay.") than 24 ("Tell me where the <insert macguffin, probably a bomb, here> is!"). I mean, whether torture is actually useful or not in real life is besides the point (it isn't, generally if not universally...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 08:02 PM
    Waiting for my partner to work up the nerve to run a campaign of it. It's been so long since I've gotten to be a player in, well... anything. Like, maybe a decade? Except for like two one-offs?
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:58 PM
    Confirmed to be released on PC, for those leery of Stadia and Cloud gaming in general
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:03 PM
    My initial instinct was to say Monster of the Week, but yeah, I'd have to say Numenera. Especially Numenera Destiny
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 04:59 PM
    This is victim-blaming, a betrays a lack of understanding the serious-ness of the issues being raised. There's any number of reasons why they wouldn't have raised it in the moment. Two big ones off the top of my head: (a): Sexualized violence is trauma, and has been pointed out many times, is unlike many of the other forms of trauma typically found in tabletop RPGs in that a significant portion...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 04:35 PM
    Now this is a list with a lot of potential Alchemy Jug 20 Apparatus of Kwalish 21 Bag of Beans 21 - This is the greatest ever, though. Bag of Devouring 20 Bag of Holding 20 Bag of Tricks 20 Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals 20 Brazier of Commanding Fire Elementals 20
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 04:31 PM
    Could have been much worse, I suppose. Y'all are all real afraid of undead though, aren't ya?
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 08:34 PM
    Pearl of Power 6 Scarab of Protection 7 Neither of these is particularly exciting, but at least the scarab is a bit more interesting than "do the thing you already do, just one more time"
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 12:44 AM
    Especially when we have people who still consider "implications of gang rape" (or, being more charitable that has been earned at this moment, "drugging, stripping, beating, and ending up covered in their own crap") to be "mature".
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    Tuesday, 4th June, 2019, 11:44 PM
    More or less all of it. The overall tone and dismissiveness are probably the most odious aspects of it, but even where it's closest to being right (that sexualized violence can be utilized for a truly affecting plot and character element if used carefully and respectfully) he misses the point that it almost always isn't used in those ways, and particularly not in the examples he provides (both in...
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    Tuesday, 4th June, 2019, 04:42 PM
    It's worth noting that the player who originally raised complaints about this game absolutely disputes this account of the events. I understand the need to defend oneself after the fact but I find this harder to believe than UK Expo not doing their due diligence. Edit: The interview's source also has a history of making light of sexualized violence so it shouldn't surprise anyone that he's...
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    Tuesday, 4th June, 2019, 04:17 PM
    Not really.
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    Tuesday, 4th June, 2019, 04:16 PM
    Necklace of Adaptation 9 Necklace of Prayer Beads 2 Pearl of Power 9 Scarab of Protection 13
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    Tuesday, 4th June, 2019, 02:20 AM
    The same reason the Helm of Brilliance lasted as long as it did; D&D players love needlessly complex bookkeeping. :p
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    Monday, 3rd June, 2019, 05:39 PM
    Apparently I'm five years late on the reply to this, but I will state that the idea that a Big Bad (or any creature/NPC) having abilities not explicitly outlined in the PHB is "breaking the rules" was and still remains one of the most asinine arguments I've seen on this board. I guess I must have missed the part in the DMG where I'm discouraged from designing my own...
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    Monday, 3rd June, 2019, 05:33 PM
    Necklace of Adaptation 12 Necklace of Prayer Beads 6 Pearl of Power 10 Scarab of Protection 14 - I am reminded that <foo> of Disruption won weapons, and remember that a lot of you tend to fight a lot of undead, huh
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    Sunday, 2nd June, 2019, 06:26 PM
    Necklace of Adaptation 16 Necklace of Prayer Beads 9 Pearl of Power 18 Scarab of Protection 18
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    Saturday, 1st June, 2019, 07:27 PM
    Ioun Stone 3 Necklace of Adaptation 18 Necklace of Prayer Beads 13 Pearl of Power 15 Periapt of Health 3 Scarab of Protection 18
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 06:08 PM
    Ioun Stone 6 Necklace of Adaptation 21 Necklace of Prayer Beads 14 Pearl of Power 16 Periapt of Health 11 Scarab of Protection 17
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 10:51 PM
    Unless PC vs PC conflict is something that I'm explicitly hoping to explore in a given system/campaign, I strictly forbid it. It rarely comes up anyway, though.
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 08:30 PM
    Expanding storytelling opportunities > making numbers go up
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 04:34 PM
    Ioun Stone 11 Necklace of Adaptation 26 Necklace of Prayer Beads 13 Pearl of Power 19 Periapt of Health 16 Scarab of Protection 18
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    Wednesday, 29th May, 2019, 06:08 PM
    Ioun Stone 19 Necklace of Adaptation 26 Necklace of Prayer Beads 18 Pearl of Power 18 Periapt of Health 17 Periapt of Wound Closure 2 Scarab of Protection 19
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    Tuesday, 28th May, 2019, 04:16 PM
    Ioun Stone 17 Medallion of Thoughts 6 - Yes, it's basically a wand that you wear, but at least it casts an interesting spell Necklace of Adaptation 25 Necklace of Prayer Beads 21 Pearl of Power 22 Periapt of Health 17 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 4 Periapt of Wound Closure 9 - Who hurt you all so bad, that you all value your HP so? Scarab of Protection 18
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 04:28 PM
    Ioun Stone 21 Medallion of Thoughts 15 Necklace of Adaptation 22 Necklace of Fireballs 4 Necklace of Prayer Beads 20 Pearl of Power 21 Periapt of Health 16 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 17 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 04:27 PM
    Are you Moriarty from BBC's Sherlock?
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    Friday, 24th May, 2019, 04:18 PM
    FATE Accelerated. Ran as a one-shot at work; thought the system would be open and fun, ended up with players trying to come up with increasingly ludicrous reasons to apply their favored approach, an ultimately annoying metagame that the rules seemed to encourage. I might still try FATE itself at some point, but I'm a hard pass on FAE.
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 04:19 PM
    Ioun Stone 17 Medallion of Thoughts 16 Necklace of Adaptation 22 Necklace of Fireballs 10 Necklace of Prayer Beads 19 Pearl of Power 21 Periapt of Health 18 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 19 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, 12:11 AM
    It was not by the OP's hand that this thread was again given flesh. It was called here by... humans... who wished to pay it tribute.
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 08:07 PM
    I agree. I especially appreciate the work that our mods to make this site inclusive and safe.
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 07:13 PM
    Before this thread gets swiftly closed, I'll point out one thing: People are allowed to take whatever path through life they want. What they don't get to do is universalize their particular experiences. I can understand why there exists ex-trans individuals; it's a complex issue with a number of different factors weighing in on it. It did not take me to my early 30's to make a transition...
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 07:08 PM
    I'll drop the soccer argument because I should have earlier; it's obvious you know more about this than I do and it doesn't really matter regardless. I will, however, agree with this. I don't disagree with any this, though I'll hope you'll understand why, if we do actually disagree on the nature of gender, why I would take that personally. My problem with this question is that...
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 06:29 PM
    Huh, this time reporting did blank out the post. Any ETA on when this will be fixed? As nice as it is to have the power to erase literal garbage transphobia (but I repeat myself) off the internet I don't want to be seen as blatantly abusing anything. Is there alternative method I can use to report posts in the mean time? Because I'm not going to just let that nonsense fly.
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 06:16 PM
    Ioun Stone 19 Medallion of Thoughts 17 - Not gonna lie... there's little to really recommend here. Necklace of Adaptation 25 Necklace of Fireballs 10 Necklace of Prayer Beads 19 Pearl of Power 20 Periapt of Health 18 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 18 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 06:13 PM
    And I'm sure that they're putting their best effort in to these exhibition matches against teenagers :p Obviously I am not. I only suggest that when many people claim to be advancing "reality" they are editorializing more than they would care to admit. I'm not innocent of this myself, mind you. The sureness of one's beliefs is human nature, after all. I was referring obliquely to...
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 05:31 PM
    I'll note that this is the argument regarding the existence of more than two biological sexes, which also true and generally what gender essentialists are talking about when they talk about gender. Gender, as opposed to biological sex, is a social construct that exists on a very broad spectrum.
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 05:28 PM
    The problem is so much quote-unquote "realism", which is more tenuous than you or many others might describe (the idea that the U.S. Women's soccer team would lose to an average high school freshman men's squad is completely laughable). Yes, there are currently definitive differences between biologically female and male athletes in a number of ways that are apparent at comparable competitive...
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 05:14 PM
    I liked it better when that post was erased, personally. BTW I did report that post again before reading this thread. It doesn't appear to have been blanked out this time. Edit: By again I did not mean to imply that I reported the post in the first place; I did not.
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 05:12 PM
    There a lot of nonsense in this post, but I'll only respond to this one because it's the only one that appears to be directed at me. Also, it's both wrong (as in, scientifically unsound) and entirely transphobic, and has no place here. Once again, as much as I love it when people with more confidence in their grasp of natural and social science than actual grasp of natural and social science...
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 06:19 PM
    Ioun Stone 21+1=22 Medallion of Thoughts 20 Necklace of Adaptation 22 Necklace of Fireballs 14 Necklace of Prayer Beads 18 Pearl of Power 20 Periapt of Health 20 Periapt of Proof Against Poison 21 Periapt of Wound Closure 20 Scarab of Protection 20
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    Monday, 20th May, 2019, 05:54 PM
    Depends on the dominant aesthetics of play of the players at the table. For players who are all about Expression, that's great! For players who are more into Fantasy or Narrative, they might not prefer it. It's kind of the same as the logic behind the whole "have the players describe what they find when they go over that hill" thing; Expression players love that kind of stuff, while...
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 06:40 PM
    Now’s a good time to remind everyone that there are more genders than “male” and “female”, and that any system that explicitly codifies rules for only those two is necessarily going to be exclusionary.
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    Sunday, 19th May, 2019, 03:13 AM
    Amulet of the Planes 6 Bracers of Defense 1 Brooch of Shielding 4 Gem of Seeing 5
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Wednesday, 5th June, 2019

  • 08:48 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Gradine in post Survivor Magic Jewelry (PART II)- SCARAB OF PROTECTION WINS!
    Pearl of Power 6 Scarab of Protection 7 Neither of these is particularly exciting, but at least the scarab is a bit more interesting than "do the thing you already do, just one more time" Arghhh. There seems to be a huge messup here. Okay. We have post #293 @Ed Laparde Pearl of Power 8 +1 = 9 Scarab of Protection 10 -2 = 8 Then post #294 (THIS SEEMS TO BE ERROR NUMBER 1) @Adamant Pearl of Power 8+1=9 Scarab of Protection 10-2=8 Then post #295 @OB1 Pearl of Power 9-2=7 Scarab of Protection 8+1=9 Then post #296 (ME) Pearl of Power 5 Scarab of Protection 10 Then post #298 (ERROR #2?) @chrisrtld Pearl of Power 8 Scarab of Protection 6 Then post #299 @Gradine Pearl of Power 6 Scarab of Protection 7 Now- The original error prior to #298 should have been Power +1, Scarab -2. So if chrisrtld was upvoting power, and donwvoting scarab, the votes would be Power +2, Scarab -4 from 296. Or: Power 7 Scarab 6 And 299 would be Power 5, Scarab 7. Make sense? Anyone want to chime in? Pearl of Power 5 Scarab of Protection 7 CORRECTED.

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Thursday, 25th April, 2019

  • 02:04 AM - pemerton mentioned Gradine in post Is RPGing a *literary* endeavour?
    Gradine, I'm having trouble following you because you seem to be making an assumption about what is informing my OP which does not hold good. If you're not making that assumption, then I'm still confused about what you're saying but am also confused about why I'm confused! In a post-OP post somewhere upthread I think I mentioned classic dungeoncrawling along the lines of Gygax's PHB (which is what I understand you to mean by OSR-type play). As I said in that post, I don't think that play of that sort is a literary endeavour, because it's not an artistic endeavour at all. In respect of the goals and outlook of play (though not all the methods), it's closer to a wargame. But that wasn't what I had in mind in my OP. In my OP I'm talking about play that (if one can speak relatively broadly) would be the sort of play involved in a PbtA game. Though, as I've said, my actual PbtA play exerpience is modest, I'm pretty familiar with character-driven, largely "no myth" play based aroudn the core d...

Sunday, 6th January, 2019

  • 05:20 PM - SkidAce mentioned Gradine in post Missing Community Supporter and Silver Subscriber under name.
    I looked closer at my display name etc today and noticed that it does not list me as a silver subscriber nor a community supporter. I would have assumed it was part of the flux of display changes that have occurred, but then I noticed other people (such as Gradine) still have their info listed. Its understood on my part that the badges are bugged, so no worries there. From what I understand, my name font is supposed to be silver also...:D

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 10:43 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Thanks very much! I'm thrilled that Carriage Court won through. In the last few years, the competition has become harder. The word count on the first round makes it a true test. Increasing the elements through the rounds has made a challenging task that much more difficult. Competing in the past has made me a stronger writer, and a stronger DM. It's made me question things in a more critical light, to ask why a certain element needs to be this thing and not this other thing. And I can see, by the caliber of entries put forth by my competition, that I'm not the only one who's become better through past competition. Iron DM is always a test, and I'm pleased to have risen to the occasion this year. I feel like these adventures are some of my best work. Gradine, Writ In Blood was an evocative, fascinating adventure. The whole theme throughout was delightfully dark, with a full-fledged haunted realm for the PCs to explore. When I first read it, I wasn't sure which way the judges would go; I think yours is much stronger than mine in a few specific areas, including on some of the elements. I think the judgements, even though they all fell my way, were close in each case. I look forward to squaring off against you next year. Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, Rune, thank you all for the tremendous amount of work you've put in judging these entries. I have never been a judge for this competition; I find the very idea of it daunting and intriguing in equal measure. I don't envy you some of the choices you had to make, there were truly some fantastic entries in this competition. But I'll thank all of you for the hard work and dedication to make this happen. I won't talk any more about my process. I think I've prattled on enough in the last few ...
  • 05:53 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Gradine and MortalPlague, a formatting error cut out a substantial part of the ending of my judgement (beginning at the first message tag). That has now been rectified.
  • 05:50 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post Judgement for the 2018 IRON DM Championship Match: Gradine vs. MortalPlague
    At last, the finale. Gradine’s “Ravenloft: Writ in Blood” vs. MortalPlague’s “The Culling of Carriage Court.” Both are rich and creepy. Both also are laden with backstory. “Blood” is a bit more so than “Court,” though – to the point that, at times, it reads more like a short story than an adventure scenario for a roleplaying game. This is unfortunate, because the setting that the entry provides is very interesting. But so much happens before the PCs arrive, it seems like there isn’t that much left for them to do. Now, there actually is a lot left for them to do, but it seems like it’s less than what’s going on in the backstory. I can’t help but think that there has to be a more efficient way to get that information across. Enough of that, though. Let’s look at what the adventures do offer. Adventures in Meat Pies, Volume 1 “Court” gives us a presumptive hook that is at best unsatisfying and at worst inadequate. It’s got good flavor (so to speak), but it feels blunt and leading. Worse, it requires...

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

  • 06:57 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Congratulations, @MortalPlague! Your adventure was, as always, excellent. I'll get you next time! @Gradine, thank you. It's always a pleasure to compete with you. I'm sure this won't be the last, and I look forward to it. As always, the finish of this competition leaves me chomping at the bit to get involved again. I also have a couple of friends who might like to jump in for next round, and I've promised to furnish them with the link to the contest. I don't believe either of them are current ENWorld members, but that's a deficiency easily fixed. Iron DM is not an easy thing to win consistently. I've competed five years in this competition. I've won twice, but I've been knocked out in the first round three times. It's really a feast or famine thing for me. On the topic of the ingredients, these were certainly a challenge to work with. I started by examining the Pie Wagon. It had to be important that the thing was mobile, and it had to be a food that couldn't be anything but pie. What's significant about pie? You fill it with something. And what's more sinister, more October a...

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

  • 03:06 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Gradine and MortalPlague, my judgment is up.
  • 03:03 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    ... of which is pretty rad. One question that gets added though; if the Empire found Shugo such a useful tool for killing fey, why would they put his control unit right next to their abandoned prison? Like parking an Apache next to a maximum security prison. Also, that the fey want to be entertained above all else seems a bit odd. Most things in prison seek freedom above all else. Maybe that lack of seemingly-obvious prioritization is why they lost the war. Literary Pass, Comparison: I think MortalPlague's writing was more active and compelling, yet Carriage also raised far more questions. Writ in Blood's setting was evocative while Carriage's was fairly generic. That said, I had to read up on Ravenloft and reread Writ in Blood to get sufficient context to not find it bewildering. I'm tilting slightly in favor of Carriage here. GM Pass, Writ in Blood: There's no clear hook to bring the PCs onboard here. I know it says "intrepid investigators" will jump into solving the crime, but Gradine must have a much more selfless and self-motivated group of players than most of the ones I've played with. It seems like as a GM my primary way of hooking the PCs is by ensuring that nothing else interesting is happening to be sure the PCs care about a missing persons case after they've just suffered a planar abduction. Breaking it into scenes: Hook(players hopefully decide to investigate) → Investigation (PCs tracking the pie wagon) → Confrontation (Pan-ya confesses) → Taneka's reveal (PCs exposited and asked to determine what the Beast is) → Meet Qi'lin → Resolution (Let Qi'lin do his thing OR tell Ooma to move on) A few problems here, the first being with the hook that I mentioned previously. Second, I'm not sure how to get players to the pie wagon without seemingly leading them by the nose to it. Sure it is strange that none of the 150 missing people came from Atakakune, but I'm not sure how I, as GM, would help the find the wagon, then convince the...

Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 04:35 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Well... that was a wild one. Gradine, your adventure is excellent. I really like your take on the Iron Law. I think we both made good use of that element, but in entirely different ways. Your Deadly Ink is fascinating; to use the corruption of Ravenloft to change a recipe is inspired, sir. Speaking of the recipe... I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that we both took the cannibal route with the Pie Wagon. :p Your unicorn's fur turning red with blood is an excellent Ravenloft touch. On the topic of my own adventure, I had an early draft set in a forest. The Swan stood at a crossroads with an obelisk marking an ancient necromancer's tomb nobody knew about. The tomb had an ancient guardian; Shugo. And the pie wagon was driven by a halfling who was a necromancer who required Elsie's strength to break into the tomb. I feel like shifting the setting to a town and adding the fey element tied things together nicely. One of my big challenges writing this was to organize the information. At times, I had a se...

Saturday, 27th October, 2018


Friday, 26th October, 2018

  • 12:00 AM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post 2018 Championship Match: Gradine vs. MortalPlague
    Gradine and MortalPlague, you have 48 hours to post your entries to this thread. Please limit your entry to a title, a list of the ingredients used and 2000 additional words. The judges will be using WordCounter.net to check your entry’s count. Please include your list of ingredients at the beginning of the entry and please do not edit your post once it is submitted. Please refrain from reading your opponent's entry until after you have posted your own. You are on your honor to do so. Entries that are between 1 and 59 minutes late will have their word-limits reduced to 1800. Later entries that are at less than 1 day late will have their word-limits reduced to 1400. Entries that are at least 1 day late will have their word-limits reduced to 1000. In addition, entries that are at least 2 days late may be disqualified at the discretion of the judge with consent from the match's opposing competitor. Entries that exceed their word-limits will be considered to end once they reach that limit;...

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Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 10:59 PM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Gradine and MortalPlague, if you are both available for it, please confirm and we will post your ingredients at around 5:00 PM Eastern Thursday.
  • 06:30 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Gradine in post Survivor Monster Types- DRAGON WINS!
    Gradine: My head cannon says that dragons hoard treasure because they serve a draconic god of wealth, and that with enough treasure they can buy immortality. I wouldn't say that they are "played out," but more often than not I think they are played badly. And I think that the pallete swapping is a feature, not a bug...once I created a dragon that breathed swarms of beetles instead of fire. You're right about the informed consent, though. And they are even more racist than elves and more xenophobic than beholders. So they aren't perfect. But that makes them all the more fun to slay! :D

Saturday, 20th October, 2018

  • 05:47 AM - MortalPlague mentioned Gradine in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    So. Scheduling. I'm working straight through till Thursday. My best time to start would be around 5 or 6 pm on Thursday (October 25th) , taking me into my day off. How about you, @Gradine?
  • 01:21 AM - CleverNickName mentioned Gradine in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, and now Rune: Thank you for the feedback (and judgment) on my entry! I can't speak for all of the competitors, but feedback and commentary like this are why I compete in the Iron DM contest in the first place. Most of my work as a DM is done in a vacuum, with little encouragement or feedback. Except from my players, and they usually only give me feedback when they are mad at me. I guess that's helpful too. My response to Iron Sky's Judgment Thank you for the kind words! I'm an engineer, and--well, let's just say that we aren't known for our writing ability. I truly appreciate the encouragement and feedback. I am my own worst critic, though. After I posted my entry, I re-read it dozens of times and found all sorts of things that I should have changed to tighten the entry up. First, I would have made it clear that this adventure is intended to be played by children. The light-hearted tone and silly names hinted at it, but I probably c...
  • 12:53 AM - Rune mentioned Gradine in post Judgement for Round 2, Match 2: Gradine vs. CleverNickName
    The two adventures in this match are vastly different in tone, style, and presentation. One is tightly constructed, fairly polished, and slyly humorous. The other is...not. But it has other strengths: namely, an underlying complexity that results in a rich scenario and detailed NPCs with developed motivations. It also appears to have used more ingredients well-integrated, but a deeper analysis may yet reveal otherwise. We’ll get to that. Gradine’s “The Twisted Court” (“Twisted”) is dense. It is peppered with little errors that would likely have been removed with one more editing/proofreading pass. These are things like consistently using “excoriated” instead of “exiled” or “excommunicated,” (which would make more sense in context) or labeling something a hippogriff and then describing the features of a griffon (we will definitely get back to that one). These errors exasperate the lack of focus that is the risk inherent in using a sand-boxy presentation of NPCs, motivations, locations, and associated dangers instead of a more explicitly presented adventure. The adventure elements are present, but get buried among what is otherwise indistinguishable from background information. And the names! I know this is the setting (a setting I like, by the way), but there are an awful lot of D-names and apostrophes, which, given the previously mentioned issues, just make reading the piece harder. Incorporating some bullet-points ...


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  • 10:36 PM - Fenris-77 quoted Gradine in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    How does it fare on a scale between Hackmaster 4e and Hackmaster 5e? I never got the chance to get more than passingly familiar with Hackmaster, sadly. I just wasn't in groups with the right people at the right time.
  • 09:59 PM - billd91 quoted Gradine in post What lore from previous editions do you wish stayed?
    This is what was missing from my fantasy all these years, biological essentialism :p It's fantasy - I don't mind it at all. It helps serve as a means of distinguishing them from humans. Without some elements of it, it's all just a numbers game whether you play a dwarf or an elf. And that, to me, is backwards. If I want to play a dwarf, it means I want what that entails - the bonuses and the penalties and not just to make a more min-maxed character. And I'd also like it to mean more than playing a human that looks kind of different. That said, I'm a reasonably easy GM on some of those things. For example, I didn't necessarily assume dwarves were biologically incapable of being wizards - just that there were none present in the adventuring population available for players to play. That didn't mean there wasn't a cabal of them operating under the Lortmil Mountains crafting some of the magic items their culture was so famous for (and which I used as a further motivating factor in the "Hatefu...
  • 07:36 PM - billd91 quoted Gradine in post Why are we okay with violence in RPGs?
    Real life anecdote number one: I have a daughter. She's older now, but like all humans of a certain age she was once a toddler. Have you seen a group of toddlers interact with each other? They punch, they kick, they bite, they pull hair, for really no god damned reason whatsoever. Kids start violent. It's, in many ways, one of our most natural instincts. Kids don't stop getting violent until you really drill into them the negative consequences of their behavior. You don't even have to drill negative consequences into them. Kids bite, for example, because they don't yet have the means to express themselves in any other way. As they develop communication skills, toddler violence goes way down.
  • 07:06 PM - Umbran quoted Gradine in post Why are we okay with violence in RPGs?
    2. Simulated violence desensitizes us to real violence. ... My point is, I think it's far more common for us to become sensitized to violence (not necessarily through media so much as our life experiences) than it is for us to become de-sensitized to it. Um, be careful there. You started with simulated violence, but then use *real* physical conflicts (minor ones, as toddlers) as your example. Apples and oranges. De-sensitization to violence *does* happen. If you are 11 years old, and you regularly see real violence in your home, in your school, and in your community, yes, you get de-sensitized (meaning - you have a decreased emotional response to it). And yes, it seems that de-sensitization correlates with violent behavior as a young adult. But this isn't about kids pulling hair when they are two. This is about seeing people getting threatened, beaten, or shot. What is much less clear is whether realistically simulated violence in a specific context (like videogames, or ...
  • 06:57 PM - Celebrim quoted Gradine in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    I mean, if your honest opinion would run afoul of the board's stated rules on inclusion, for example, then by all means keep that to yourself. It's not the board rules on what is a defensible political position that would get me in trouble. Heck, I'm playing in a Paizo adventure path right now, so if blatant attempts to be inclusive were a turnoff for me, I'd be a total hypocrite. I will risk that in the last session we all had a good laugh at how despite these often ham-fisted attempts, one of the encounters was probably the most sexist thing we'd ever encountered in gaming go that we all gotten briefly taken out of character and out of the game just to boggle at it, but that's a whole different story. No, what would get me in trouble is disparaging the talent of a game designer. One of the half-dozen or so times I got a temporary ban here was suggesting that the design a of supplement was so amateur, that the designer probably shouldn't plan a full time career in the industry - with...
  • 06:05 PM - Celebrim quoted Gradine in post Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them
    That's the entire point of this thread! Then it will be closed. I mean, I could post my honest opinion of certain game systems right now and get it closed if that's what you wanted. Ya'll realize how much better we've gotten at game design in the past four decades, right? Well if you mean we are better, then "No", I don't think we are. We've gotten a little better informed so that we are a little bit better at matching mechanics to their intention, but as far as clearing the hurdle and actually designing something that is elegant and playable, I don't think we are much better. Pendragon, for example? Basic RPG and WEG D6 are still some of the better designed systems of all time, and for all the problems D&D had, many of its choices - hit points, classes, spell slots, etc. - are still defensible and have not been improved on. Nor do I think we have necessarily excelled some of the classic examples of play (by which I mean modules, adventures, scenarios, campaigns) presented 3...
  • 05:15 PM - Bagpuss quoted Gradine in post Why are we okay with violence in RPGs?
    And while we're clearing up misconceptions... Originally Posted by Jonathan Tweet https://www.enworld.org/forum/images/buttons/viewpost-right.png Humans find sex and violence to be interesting, and of those two pursuits violence is the one suitable to group activity, as in a roleplaying game. 106999 Yeah didn't end well for the last GM that tried that... (too soon?).
  • 01:46 AM - Bedrockgames quoted Gradine in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    You can't argue basic human decency into somebody dead set against it, and it's a waste of time and energy to keep trying. At a certain point you have to stop feeding the troll. I am not dead set against human decency and I am not a troll.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

  • 11:38 PM - Otherworldly quoted Gradine in post Hidden
  • 11:02 PM - Riley37 quoted Gradine in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    I didn't know what to expect from Bedrock Games as a publisher, but seeing an (albeit fairly old) book they published written by the RPG Pundit proudly displayed on their front page was not nearly as surprising as it would have been this morning. Gradine, you were a participant in a thread in the last year or two, in which the OP proposed Native Americans showing up on the European coast, in Trans-Atlantic sailing ships, with guns, and with the intent to invade Europe. Some of us raised some concerns about the implications of a scenario in which the PCs are heroic light-skinned Europeans, resisting the invasion of the dark-skinned conquerors - a narrative which is terribly convenient for any white Americans who don't like thinking about their presence on the North American continent as the outcome of unethical actions by white colonizers. Do you remember BRG's contributions to that thread? They were waffly, and generally anti-intellectual; I summarize them as "who are you people who have read books, to tell the rest of us what is and isn't consistent with history." Do you remember a thread about whether D&D orcs echo colonialist imagery? BRG expressed a lot of concern about people coming to *any* conclusions whether JRRT *ever* used ...
  • 10:43 PM - Bedrockgames quoted Gradine in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    I didn't know what to expect from Bedrock Games as a publisher, but seeing an (albeit fairly old) book they published written by the RPG Pundit proudly displayed on their front page was not nearly as surprising as it would have been this morning. I am friends with Pundit. Doesn't mean I agree with him about everything (in fact I think politically he and I are quite far apart). But I get along with him fine. And I published Arrows of Indra. I also used to be a mod at TheRPGsite. When it comes to publishing people and hiring artists, I am just concerned about the material, not what people think about things or their political views. Though to be honest it has been ages since we hired a writer.
  • 08:54 PM - Bedrockgames quoted Gradine in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    It's not about distaste. It's about subjecting people to trauma that they hadn't signed up for. You don't know who's sitting down at your table. Sexualized violence is distressingly common in the real world, and springing a rape scenario on the character of a player who has been raped is exactly how you re-open those wounds and re-traumatize people. \. People experience all kinds of trauma in the real world that has lasting consequences and can be triggered. I am not particularly interested in seeing a rape scene played out in an RPG, but I think if you go down the road of saying we have to avoid anything that triggers the trauma of a rape survivor in our games and entertainment, then you must also say we have to avoid anything that triggers any kind of trauma survivor. That said, I wouldn't advise running a rape scenario at a con.
  • 08:44 PM - Bedrockgames quoted Gradine in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    It's not the honesty that's the problem. It's the clear lack of empathy and compassion. It's the immediately equating tears with suspicion. It's the dismissing the very clearly traumatizing nature of the event. Though to be honest, that last sentence is the exact kind of thing bad faith trolling edgelords love to say. "It's too bad you <insert derogatory term here> can't handle the TRUTH <hi-fives buddies back on 8chan>". I am not an edge lord. And I am a very compassionate person. But that doesn't mean I take everything that I see at face value. And one important part of empathy and compassion is not automatically giving into attention seeking behavior. I just think this account has some hallmarks of attention seeking.
  • 08:44 PM - lowkey13 quoted Gradine in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    This is an objectively awful stance. On the plus side, at least the stance finally came to light, instead of dancing around various concerns. Sunlight, disinfectant, etc.
  • 08:41 PM - lowkey13 quoted Gradine in post Hidden
  • 08:36 PM - Bedrockgames quoted Gradine in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    . Whether you think you are being well meaning or not, you are not. I'm not going to accuse you of arguing in bad faith, but honestly the alternative frightens me. I am being well meaning. I am also being honest. I think a lot of people here might not be accustomed to honesty of opinion.
  • 08:34 PM - Bedrockgames quoted Gradine in post Players 'distressed' by gang-rape role-playing game
    This is pointless. If you don't understand how sexualized violence can be traumatizing, and don't understand the nature of trauma to the extent that you'd shame people for crying over it? In the middle of you arguing that shaming people for springing rape scenarios on people is bad? You are existing in mind frame that is so far removed from where anybody and everybody who has tried explaining this to you is that there is absolutely no point in any of us continuing to waste energy on it. Whether you think you are being well meaning or not, you are not. I'm not going to accuse you of arguing in bad faith, but honestly the alternative frightens me. Quite frankly, your moral compass, and particularly your sense of empathy and compassion, is broken. Address that first, and then we can continue this conversation. It raises my suspicion a bit of the account. I can't possibly be the only one who finds this kind of behavior a bit child-like (or possible the kind of thing you might see in high schools)...


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