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    Epic Monsters is back with a mysterious monster still thought by some to wander the world, supernatural hunters that walk amongst humanity unseen: Skin-Walkers! The most prominent legends regarding this creature come from the Navajo and they’re said to roam only the North American continent (predominantly in deep wilderness forests). Once it has chosen a victim it can stalk them for days...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:10 PM
    EN5ider continues delving into the intrigue of ZEITGEIST with today's installment into the steampunk adventure path, bringing a narrative close to the 7th module in the series (expect a companion PDF filled to the brim with NPC and monster statistics later this month). We are still all blown away by the success of the A Touch More Class Kickstarter and if you haven't given it a look yet,...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:50 AM
    The Mythological Figures column has been hijacked by builds using the material from A Touch More Class for a while now: Sherlock Holmes as a savant, Nikola Tesla as a tinkerer, Billy the Kidd as a gunfighter, Paul Bunyan as a monster tamer alongside Babe the blue ox, Harry Houdini as a fatebender, and Zhang Zhou as a geomancer. Today though we’re switching it up a bit and calling up a class from...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 05:16 PM
    EN5ider has another entry in the mini-adventure series today, a sidequest perfect for the city and guided by a unique enchanted deck of cards that make it something you can play more than once! By the by the fantastic A Touch More Class Kickstarter has 11 days left to go and has raised $75,000 so far! Anyone even remotely interested should check out the free previews of the geomancer and...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 02:00 PM
    The Mythological Figures column / A Touch More Class experiment has thus far seen: Sherlock Holmes (using the savant), Nikola Tesla (built as a tinkerer), Billy the Kidd (the gunfighter), Paul Bunyan (a monster tamer alongside Babe the blue ox), and last week Harry Houdini (fatebender in the house!) The Kickstarter is live right now (go pledge if you haven’t!) so I’m continuing the series,...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 05:26 PM
    So far in the Mythological Figures column / A Touch More Class foray we’ve looked at Sherlock Holmes (a savant), Nikola Tesla (using the tinkerer), Billy the Kidd (the gunfighter), and even Paul Bunyan (with Babe the blue ox thanks to the monster tamer class). The Kickstarter has been live for a while now and we’re at that tricky part in the middle where folks have either already pledged or...
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    Saturday, 29th June, 2019, 04:46 AM
    New Mists of Akuma adventure is out! 92 pages of intrigue, honor restored, and violent conflicts across two prefectures and through a fully-detailed beautifully mapped 3-level dungeon!
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 07:22 PM
    Today's issue of EN5ider takes a good hard look at one of the fundamental aspects of spellcasting and considers one way to make it more engaging: better spell components! Frequent contributor Andrew Engelbrite has over two dozen suggestions on reagents that will bring the magic back to your D&D 5E table in an article that is hard to put down once you've started reading it. Speaking of Andrew,...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 10:18 AM
    The Mythological Figures treatments made using A Touch More Class have now included Sherlock Holmes (the savant), Nikola Tesla (the tinkerer), and Billy the Kidd (the gunfighter) but with the Kickstarter now underway (and crushing stretch goals! Over $42,000 in less than a week!!) we're going for someone really, REALLY big. The biggest in the country of bigness. A myth most certainly far too...
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I've been a gamer since 1979, when I was first introduced to D&D. I like Science Fiction, Pulp and Super-Hero RPGs. I've blogged at the Dorkland! blog since 2003 (http://dorkland.blogspot.com) and written for the Bleeding Cool website. Now I write right here.
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Saturday, 12th May, 2018

  • 03:47 PM - Morrus mentioned Christopher Helton in post Morrus currently absent
    I will be out of commission for a bit. Please be patient, as I will be unable to deal with anything for a while. No ETA on my return, but I hope it isn’t too long. I won’t be able to respond to messages or emails for now. If you have anything which needs dealing with, Umbran and Dannyalcatraz are about for forum moderation stuff, darjr for tech stuff, AngusA for publishing stuff, Christopher Helton for articles stuff. For news scoops, please use the ENW news address: news@enworldnews to be sure the columnists will see it! Thanks guys.

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Saturday, 9th April, 2016

  • 05:41 PM - Neonchameleon mentioned Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    ...nce then you've redefined the word. This article labels "white male" gamers as "terrorists" without any substantiation whatsoever. No volume of data has been collected or presented to support the proposition. Apparently you didn't read the OP - which wasn't the original article. And did collect data. The only thing that has changed is the complete wussification of America to such a degree that the knee jerk reaction to accusation is to accept it at face value without proper validation. Your reading comprehension again fails. The OP of this thread did set out to validate whether it was just this person's experiences. And found that no it wasn't. As for wussification, the biggest wusses around would appear to be those who are throwing distractions to avoid dealing with the real issues raised by the terrorism article and validated by the start of this thread. "It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data." - Arthur Conan Doyle Which, if you'd read this thread was why Christopher Helton started talking to people. And why I've talked to people. There's plenty of data. Christopher collected a lot. I've provided some. Plenty of others have also done the same. You just want to ignore the data that exists.

Friday, 29th January, 2016

  • 07:00 PM - Tequila Sunrise mentioned Christopher Helton in post Why OD&D Is Still Relevant
    Thanks for the article and the link, Christopher Helton! I'm unlikely to ever play OD&D, but game history is a point of personal curiosity. Having cut my teeth on 2e, I do indeed tend to lose focus in discussions about earlier editions due to having no access to them. I can't even describe how pre-WotC editions differ from one another, despite reading many second-hand descriptions like yours, due to having only read and played one of them.

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Tuesday, 12th April, 2016

  • 05:26 PM - GMforPowergamers quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    I'm glad to see that we agree that we should be focusing on the women. I was...you then insulted me instead of answering and got others to insult me too
  • 05:21 PM - Taneras quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    I'm glad to see that we agree that we should be focusing on the women. Focusing on victims of harassment would include women, and everyone else, correct?
  • 05:20 PM - Taneras quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Yes, "victims" being overlooked. Someone please think about the poor men? 8-) So a man cannot be a victim of harassment?
  • 04:52 PM - GMforPowergamers quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Only a 2/10 for derailing. You're giving us the weak sauce, dude. Dude that's pretty rude I'm ttrying to talk to you and you say I'm detailing... I started off against your article then was convinced of its validity...I am trying to talk about it..
  • 04:45 PM - GMforPowergamers quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    You guys do understand that the Gen Con harassment policy has been in place for a while, right? I mean, since everyone read my article you all saw the section talking about the actual policy that Gen Con has, right? I even highlighted it in red for the convenience of some, and linked to the website for the full details. Once again, this is something that has happened, is in place and isn't a hypothetical. But the policy isn't working? I am not getting this then. How are there so many assaults if we have a way to deal with them? Are they not being handled?
  • 04:26 PM - Taneras quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    There is no need to tweak anything. The harassment policy should be about no harassment. Not according to Christopher Helton, the author of the featured article. He's repeatedly said this discussion is about women and an anti-harassment policy aimed at protecting them. That would be great if this were a genderless problem, but it isn't. It is about women being harassed. If the topic were "hey, men and women are getting harassed and threatened with rape in tabletop gaming then we could leave gender out the the discussion. And he's not alone. I'm not going to dig up more posts, I'm sure me just pointing this out will bring them out of the wood works. That's why I'm referring to tweaking a policy. Assuming they build a policy to protect women, how hard would it be to tweak it to protect everyone? I've asked that question to them and it hasn't been answered. The enforcement probably will be mainly protecting women. Yes I agree.
  • 03:12 AM - Maxperson quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/growing-fantasy-game-universe-collides-with-entrenched-boys-club-mentality/2014/08/26/3745c1fa-2971-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html Boys talking about "hitting it" and homophobia are not gamer issues. The article attempts to make that connection, but the issue is really one about boys and girls and gaming has nothing to do with it.
  • 03:08 AM - Taneras quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    You use these words... You said that you wanted help creating an anti-harassment policy aimed at reducing/eliminating harassment/assault/rape of women. How hard would it be to modify that policy to include everyone, not just women?
  • 03:07 AM - HardcoreDandDGirl quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    I'm sorry to hear that you have had to endure that. You shouldn't have had to. thank you... and again I want to point out in general, I think most of us (gamers at cons and stores and home games) aren't the worst, I hear way worse at concerts or sports things. I also think that the few minor issues over almost twenty years were minor compared to some stories I have heard. If you are a woman at a con in cos play out side smokeing you will find people that come up and say the worst things...and I feel like I have always come away ok. Again, though, we aren't talking about hypotheticals. We aren't talking about people being jerks. We aren't talking about people saying "incorrect" things. We talking about people harassing women, Full stop. Good because people saying stupid junk is one thing... but true harassment (and trust me I have seen and heard a lot including a crying little girl who must have been less then 13 and her mom in the bathroom at Dragon Con one year... I find my eyes tearing up ...
  • 03:04 AM - Maxperson quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Provably wrong. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boston-cops-prevent-pokemon-tournament-shooting-plot-article-1.2334956 You should read that article. It's not about incitement to violence. It's about violence originating with two people. If you're going to "prove" someone wrong, you need to do better than an article that doesn't even remotely show what you're trying to have it show.
  • 02:57 AM - Rygar quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Yeah, because that is how anti-harassment policies work. Once again, this isn't about men. I understand that you aren't used to topics not being about you, but this conversation has nothing to do with hypothetical situations about what might happen to a man. The fact that posters keep dragging it back to "what about my feels​" instead of the facts at hand just demonstrates the unreality of this entire situation. I posted several examples a few pages ago that demonstrate it isn't hypothetical. It's also incredibly difficult to believe "This isn't about men" when posting to an article that is a thinly veiled attempt to post an article about "White male terrorists" to ENWorld.
  • 02:50 AM - Taneras quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    That would be great if this were a genderless problem, but it isn't. It is about women being harassed. If the topic were "hey, men and women are getting harassed and threatened with rape in tabletop gaming then we could leave gender out the the discussion. So you want help creating an anti-harassment policy that's aim is to prevent women from getting harassed? How much work do you think it'd take to have that same anti-harassment policy just encompass everyone?
  • 02:43 AM - Fergurg quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Because, as you have repeatedly been told this is not a courtroom. There is no concept of "innocent until proven guilty." Again, this is all just derailing tactics. It's not derailing to say, "Here is why this idea won't work, so let's do this other one". That is called problem solving. I have an interest in solving the problem, but I want solutions that do not create more problems for me. I found one. I fail to see how you can be opposed to a policy that eliminates the need for "The accusation is the evidence" ... unless what you really want is a policy of "The accusation is the evidence."
  • 02:42 AM - HardcoreDandDGirl quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Because, as you have repeatedly been told this is not a courtroom. There is no concept of "innocent until proven guilty." Again, this is all just derailing tactics. You say derailing and I say "The most important part of the discussion" we need a way I feel safe and so do they. I have been relatively lucky I have only 3 times been physically assaulted in a gaming environment and only 3 or so times that verbally in any way that is worse then the guys treat each other... I know I am lucky that there are women who get it worse... having said that, if you have to kick 5 guys that are just a bit of jerks out because one MIGHT assault me, I don't want any of them kicked out... unless they touch me...then those that do that can be hauled off one way or the other...
  • 02:17 AM - GMforPowergamers quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Yeah, because that is how anti-harassment policies work. Once again, this isn't about men. I understand that you aren't used to topics not being about you, but this conversation has nothing to do with hypothetical situations about what might happen to a man. The fact that posters keep dragging it back to "what about my feels​" instead of the facts at hand just demonstrates the unreality of this entire situation. Are you saying that everyone shouldn't be safe and have fun? Again forget feels on both sides, words are the least of my concern if 8% of attendees are PHYSICAL ASSUALTED we need to stop that
  • 02:16 AM - Elf Witch quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    A lot of people view verbal harassment as, "Anything I don't want to hear." You see women reporting harassment because a man told another man a ribald joke and she overheard it. I wouldn't want anyone kicked out of a con over a verbal harassment claim. At least not without witnesses to the behavior that will say that the person wouldn't leave her alone when asked and kept it up. Short of that, just have the con people just tell them to stay away from each other or they will have to leave. I don't know if I would agree that a lot of people view it that way I do think a lot of millennials do. And I would cheerfully like to smack their parents for raising them that way. The way the cons I know about define verbal harassment is this way making racist, sexist, sexual, or bullying comments directed at a fellow con goer. IE calling a fat person a whale, or asking a someone to come rub your dick. These are not comments made as joke to friends but usually to strangers or someone you don't like. Being in ...
  • 02:15 AM - Taneras quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Once again, this isn't about men. Agreed, lets leave gender out of this and focus on bad behavior.
  • 02:11 AM - GMforPowergamers quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Again: This might be a kooky idea, but maybe we could get back to talking more about what is actually happening to women, and less about hypotheticals about what might happen to men or their hurt feels. Yes first order we need to drive the rape and physical assault down from 8%...that number needs to be less then 1%. gen com 50 is around the corner what can we do to make it a no rape weekend? Edit maybe we should crowd fund extra security and have voulanteers to walk people home after dark... Maybe put alert whistles in every bag with your stuff
  • 02:10 AM - Fergurg quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    Again: This might be a kooky idea, but maybe we could get back to talking more about what is actually happening to women, and less about hypotheticals about what might happen to men or their hurt feels. And again: I was talking about how to solve the problem without creating another problem. And frankly, as a man, I have a vested interest in not having a situation where a woman can have me thrown out of a convention because she doesn't like a political stance I take. Let's start with a simple one. "Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina. No exceptions." Should I be thrown out of a convention for saying that? Because under a Zero Tolerance policy, all that a transsexal has to do is say that I made him/her/whatever uncomfortable. And if so, why shouldn't I be able to have that person kicked out for expecting me to adhere to gnosticism?
  • 02:07 AM - Fergurg quoted Christopher Helton in post We're All Gamers Together: Why Harassment Has To Stop
    This might be a kooky idea, but maybe we could get back to talking more about what is actually happening to women, and less about hypotheticals about what might happen to men or their hurt feels. I was talking about how to solve the problem without creating another problem. And frankly, as a man, I have a vested interest in not having a situation where a woman can have me thrown out of a convention because she doesn't like a political stance I take. Let's start with a simple one. "Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina. No exceptions." Should I be thrown out of a convention for saying that? Because under a Zero Tolerance policy, all that a transsexal has to do is say that I made him/her/whatever uncomfortable. And if so, why shouldn't I be able to have that person kicked out for expecting me to adhere to gnosticism?


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