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    I don't think reducing options such as races and...

    I don't think reducing options such as races and classes really simplifies the game: it just reduces options. The complexity of the game (relatively speaking) comes from all the little things you...
  2. I don't understand why the system would have...

    I don't understand why the system would have anything to do with whether the party is "free to go off the rails and explore the world." That seems entirely up to two factors: player choices and GM...
  3. I'm mixed on this and will have to take a look at...

    I'm mixed on this and will have to take a look at it when it comes out.

    On one hand, I like the idea of a "franchise" - or a new way of running a game, be it Birthright or the old Aria RPG from...
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    Mystara is a pipe-dream. I mean, if they start a...

    Mystara is a pipe-dream. I mean, if they start a new line of "legacy settings" box sets, we might see it in 5+ years, but there are half a dozen or more settings we'll see before it, and as far as...
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    This all makes sense. I'd like to see a mega-FR...

    This all makes sense. I'd like to see a mega-FR box (or any campaign setting box, really), but based on your logic it makes sense to keep covering the FR as the default for their hardcovers and start...
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    OK, maybe. An Adventures in Eberron box set makes...

    OK, maybe. An Adventures in Eberron box set makes sense. That said, is it the best choice for Target (if that's what they're going for)? Wouldn't a more vanilla offering like the Forgotten Realms...
  7. If we're talking real world analogs, how about...

    If we're talking real world analogs, how about "Mythic Ancient World." The basic idea would be using creative license to combine various high points into Antiquity into one phase: Egypt, Babylon,...
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    I highly doubt this is for an Eberron box set....

    I highly doubt this is for an Eberron box set. Isn't the new Eberron producting coming out this year, in a few months? They wouldn't be polling like this just five months in advance.

    My money...
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    Good stuff. As someone who grew up on 1E but...

    Good stuff.

    As someone who grew up on 1E but didn't really explore "alternate games" until the early 90s, I remember being struck by how anachronistic 2E felt by the time we got to the 90s,...
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    How about some DJ Hodor: ...

    How about some DJ Hodor:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Piaa7mgzjc
  11. I'm not including "dream books," just stuff that...

    I'm not including "dream books," just stuff that has existed in previous editions - as per the OP.

    The obvious choice is: Manual of the Planes, in some form or fashion. It is the largest area of...
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    I will add that as a player, I greatly enjoy when...

    I will add that as a player, I greatly enjoy when I experience or even just sense that the DM has put a lot of work and thought into creating a setting, whether that is through their own world design...
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    A DM has two spheres to consider: the world of...

    A DM has two spheres to consider: the world of the setting itself, and the world as it appears in the game. We can call these "the world setting" and the "game environment," unless better terms come...
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    Keep on the Borderlands 17 Dragons of Despair ...

    Keep on the Borderlands 17
    Dragons of Despair 17
    The Lost City - 20
    Desert of Desolation - 20
    Test of the Warlords - 20
    Isle of Dread - 21
    Castle Amber - 21
    Red Hand of Doom - 20
    Lost...
  15. OK, fair enough - and I agree. This is an issue...

    OK, fair enough - and I agree. This is an issue of setting design and to what degree the world exists beyond the active environment of game play. There are two polarities, one being the "Tolkien...
  16. Hmm...I was under the impression that the "5E...

    Hmm...I was under the impression that the "5E answer" was play the game as you like, so if demographics are important to your setting design, have at it.

    (Actually, that has been the answer in...
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    I still can't get over the fact that Daniel...

    I still can't get over the fact that Daniel Horne--a good artist, but not exactly one of the better known D&D artists--was included and Brom--one of the most iconic artists of the 2E era, and the...
  18. In addition to what others have said about Rome,...

    In addition to what others have said about Rome, Alexandria, et al, during the Renaissance, Britain was far less populous than France, Germany, Italy, and other parts of Europe.

    But I think the...
  19. Or we can just accept that, as I pointed up just...

    Or we can just accept that, as I pointed up just two posts before yours, the 1.3 to 2 million figure refers to the region/city-state, not the city itself.
  20. Here's a very cool map...

    Here's a very cool map that gives a sense of the area around Waterdeep, giving a sense of a much larger population. And this is only part of the city-state - which extends for more miles.

    Quote...
  21. And with itself. The Underdark has various...

    And with itself. The Underdark has various powerful groups--illithids, drow, duergar, kuo-toa, etc--that keep each other in check. On the other hand, you could build an awesome campaign out of the...
  22. The short--and probably annoying--answer is that...

    The short--and probably annoying--answer is that it is entirely up to you. This is something that has little to no bearing on actual game play, except insofar as it impacts setting design, and thus...
  23. The future of SF, life extension, and other "surprise technologies"

    Dial back to just about any 20th century science fiction movie and you'll see no sign of smartphones and similar technology. For whatever reason, most people had no clue about iPhones and such, or...
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    OK, thanks. Not quite my cuppa but could be worse.

    OK, thanks. Not quite my cuppa but could be worse.
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    Is it safe to assume that the AI book will...

    Is it safe to assume that the AI book will largely be cartoonish art?
  26. CapnZapp, good thoughts but I'd go further and...

    CapnZapp, good thoughts but I'd go further and say in an ideal world we'd get a Malazan series, or a proper attempt at Earthsea, or something else entirely. But you know how the biz works: you...
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    2019 WotC D&D Releases

    I just want to make sure I'm up-to-date. Is this right?

    May: Ghosts of Saltmarsh hardcover
    June: Essentials Kit box set
    September: Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus hardcover
    ???: Eberron...
  28. Maybe he broke the "childhood wheel" and forged...

    Maybe he broke the "childhood wheel" and forged "adolescent spokes." But yeah, it is a new wheel of sorts. I think this is true of "grimdark" (and GRRMdark) stuff in general: it isn't as edgy or...
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    So let me get this straight: the Essentials Kit...

    So let me get this straight: the Essentials Kit is basically an updated/improved version of the Starter Set and an expansion of it at the same time? Seems like a win-win. Five years is a lot of time...
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    I reserve the right to roll my dice in private,...

    I reserve the right to roll my dice in private, whether crouched behind a DM's screen or in the sanctity of my own home.
  31. To me this is the same logic that wants old...

    To me this is the same logic that wants old campaign settings for the latest edition and is averse to new worlds. Speaking for myself, I like old settings, but also like to explore new ones.

    Of...
  32. Robert's Rebellion would be tedious because we...

    Robert's Rebellion would be tedious because we know a lot about it. Trod new ground.
  33. Zardnaar's Law: "The longer a post by Zardnaar or...

    Zardnaar's Law: "The longer a post by Zardnaar or discussion involving Zardnaar, the greater the probability of it becoming a discussion on Star Wars, in particular how disappointing the Last Jedi...
  34. Game of Thrones Spin-offs: News & Speculation

    I haven't followed this closely, but as far as I can tell what we do know is that there are three planned, and one--"Bloodmoon"--is based in the distant past during the Age of Heroes and may feature...
  35. Well, at least it keeps things open for one or...

    Well, at least it keeps things open for one or two of the spin-offs to take place afterwards.
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    This thread contains a poll. So we have Darth Emo with Kylo Ren, now we have...

    So we have Darth Emo with Kylo Ren, now we have BatEmo? Bruce Emo?

    Anyhow, I must say that Affleck was a pleasant surprise, and Batman v. Superman a rather underrated flick, imo. I very much...
  37. A meaty edition war.

    A meaty edition war.
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    Why oh why is Brom not an option?

    Why oh why is Brom not an option?
  39. Would Garius Gygaxius be the Father God?

    Would Garius Gygaxius be the Father God?
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    Daniel Horne -- 22 Keith Parkinson -- 24 Jeff...

    Daniel Horne -- 22
    Keith Parkinson -- 24
    Jeff Easley -- 24
    Larry Elmore -- 20
    Clyde Caldwell -- 22
    Todd Lockwood -- 17
    David Trampier -- 24

    This one looks like it could go on forever.
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    Regardless of criticism, from the more...

    Regardless of criticism, from the more literary-cinematic to the more fannish outrage at missed expectations and/or questionable elements of the story, GoT remains quite enjoyable in terms of pure...
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    "Idiosyncratic setting with funny names allows...

    "Idiosyncratic setting with funny names allows you to journey into the uniquely strange imagination of Gary Gygax; probably not for those under 40, unless you're a collector of eight-tracks and...
  44. Why does this matter? At all? You can place it...

    Why does this matter? At all? You can place it wherever you want to. It is in your setting (or, for most folks, on your bookshelf).
  45. My sense is that they've already laid the table...

    My sense is that they've already laid the table for what will happen:

    *Varis will betray Dany and suffer for it, probably eaten by Drogon.
    *Jamie will confront, possibly kill, Cersei. Both will...
  46. Agreement with both parts. As to the latter, I...

    Agreement with both parts. As to the latter, I think this is for two reasons, mainly: One, improvements in publishing technology; two, fewer people publishing "my kewl campaign setting I've always...
  47. This is key. Americans in particular have the...

    This is key. Americans in particular have the "king of the hill" mentality, as if the King Gorilla is the only successful gorilla. It is an incredibly myopic worldview. Not everyone has this view...
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    Daniel Horne--20 Keith Parkinson--22 Jeff...

    Daniel Horne--20
    Keith Parkinson--22
    Jeff Easley--20
    Larry Elmore--22
    Clyde Caldwell--18
    Erol Otus--20
    Wayne Reynolds--18
    Todd Lockwood--18
    Tyler Jacobson--18
    David Trampier--20
  49. So let me read between the lines. 1) PF1...

    So let me read between the lines.

    1) PF1 pretty much reached "peak edition," thus PF2.
    2) PF2 is not being well-received by the hardcore base.
    3) Paizo is dipping their toe into 5E waters.
    ...
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    Saw it last night. My overall impression is a...

    Saw it last night. My overall impression is a lower grade version of the Last Jedi phenomenon: a bit baffled by how much the critics loved it. The movie felt like a jumbled mess...I mean, time travel...
  51. Or how about this. The Night King dies and all of...

    Or how about this. The Night King dies and all of the army and dragon die, but the White Walker survive and take off, hiding out for the rest of the season. A spin-off series starts a year or so...
  52. I realize that. It doesn't make it less silly,...

    I realize that. It doesn't make it less silly, and of course it is important how it is implemented. Defeating the Night King just seemed too...easy. Such build-up and then, voila, done - and his...
  53. I read somewhere someone comparing the Night King...

    I read somewhere someone comparing the Night King to the golden snitch in Harry Potter's quidditch game. It is just a silly rule, making the rest of the game superfluous. Kill the Night King, win the...
  54. I think she was emphasizing blue eyes, that Arya...

    I think she was emphasizing blue eyes, that Arya had already killed people with brown and green eyes, but blue was still to come - meaning, wights, White Walkers, and the Night King. It was...
  55. One thing that surprised me is how much of a role...

    One thing that surprised me is how much of a role Melisandre had - not just the fire, but giving Arya that extra little inspiration. I kind of like how this rather monstrous person ended up being...
  56. I just watched it and I'm left with two...

    I just watched it and I'm left with two simultaneous but conflicting feelings:

    1) Extremely entertaining, dramatic and visually impressive. So many beautiful scenes (the dragons above the clouds!...
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    This thread contains a poll. I chose Game of Thrones. I want to and will see...

    I chose Game of Thrones. I want to and will see all three, but Star Wars feels like fan fic so I don't absolulely "have to" know how it ends. Avengers...after growing up reading comics, I'm so used...
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    This thread contains a poll. The Geek's Sophie's Choice

    You can only watch one of the following. Choose. Oh yeah, you can't ever know what happens in the others.

    I'm sorry I did this to you.
  59. I would guess that the dragons die, but there's a...

    I would guess that the dragons die, but there's a final scene showing a clutch of eggs with one hatching.

    In my mind the most likely to survive are: Arya, Sam, Tyrion, Sansa, Jon. Maybe Danaerys....
  60. Giant carnivorous goats.

    Giant carnivorous goats.
  61. Good thing about this series is that I have no...

    Good thing about this series is that I have no idea how it will end - could be really bad, although I suspect some semblance of "the good guys win" will happen. Maybe.

    I'm curious if and how the...
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    Here's a thought. Maybe part of the deception of...

    Here's a thought. Maybe part of the deception of the Sith is that there needs to be "dark vs light", evil vs good. It is to further the duality, to push everyone into this or that side (Sort of like...
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    On one hand that could be viewed as a matter of...

    On one hand that could be viewed as a matter of semantics. On the other, I think Lucas--or your take of him--is pointing to a crucial subtlety that aligns with Taoist philosophy. The Force (or Tao)...
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    The difference isn't as much semantic as it is...

    The difference isn't as much semantic as it is subtle. Being "bound" implies imprisonent; but being rooted in or connected with implies depth and lineage to a tradition of thinking.

    Anyhow, what...
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    Evidently you don't understand me perfectly...

    Evidently you don't understand me perfectly because I'm not saying SW is "bound" to Campbell, Taoism, or anything in particular - including whatever the latest ideological trends of Hollywood. I am...
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    OA. Haven't seen the second season yet, but the...

    OA. Haven't seen the second season yet, but the first was very intriguing. Love Brit Marling.

    Black Mirror. To be honest, I've only watched about half a dozen episodes because they're painful to...
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    You're reading too much into what I'm saying. In...

    You're reading too much into what I'm saying. In truth, I'm not proposing anything specific, like heroine as nurturer or peacemaker. If anything I am suggesting that what a hero/heroine is can be...
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    I am not suggesting that SW does away with Light...

    I am not suggesting that SW does away with Light vs. Dark, but that it reimagines it as not so dualistic, not so absolute. Furthermore, what is "light" can change, and with it what is "dark" in...
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    I disagree with this assessment. First of all,...

    I disagree with this assessment. First of all, the Star Wars universe is based upon our own in which male and females are "meaningfully different," at least if you think biology and tens of thousands...
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    doctorbadwolf, I watch absolutely zero anime or...

    doctorbadwolf, I watch absolutely zero anime or cartoons, so can't comment on that.

    And yeah, it would be nice to see a male hero that doesn't solve everything through brute force.

    I don't...
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    Yes, I very much agree with this and like the...

    Yes, I very much agree with this and like the idea of a more Taoistic, non-dualistic Force tradition. Of course as with the Hegelian dialectic, even if the Skywalkers were a synthesis and...
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    Actually, I'm not - I'm doing the exact opposite,...

    Actually, I'm not - I'm doing the exact opposite, pointing out that Star Wars is fantasy and only needs to make sense within the context of its own world.
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    @Zardnaar...

    @Zardnaar, I empathize with some of your issues with TLJ and don't think questioning whether Rey is a Mary Sue or not is inherently sexist, but I think you are going a bit overboard in trying to line...
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    Sure, but maybe this just points to what...

    Sure, but maybe this just points to what "originality" is and isn't. I see novelty and originality as different. Novelty is just being different for the sake of being different and is often not...
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    Well again, its the third movie of three - so he...

    Well again, its the third movie of three - so he has to make sure to tie up loose ends rather than create new ones...except insofar as they might want to set the stage for the next trilogy (e.g....
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    Disagree on this. By "originality" I don't mean...

    Disagree on this. By "originality" I don't mean mere clever novelty. The original series was plenty original in terms of how it brought imaginative worlds to the screen. When Star Wars came out there...
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    I'm sure he'd be happy to lend a hand... ...

    I'm sure he'd be happy to lend a hand...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MiFHZ-VpcU
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    I hear you, although let's face it: that's what...

    I hear you, although let's face it: that's what Abrams does best. Has he brought forth anything vaguely original? Furthermore, at this point it might a matter of choosing the best of not-great...
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    I realize that - but didn't it start as a movie...

    I realize that - but didn't it start as a movie concept?
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    This looks good. To be honest, I knew nothing...

    This looks good. To be honest, I knew nothing about this except that there was a movie planned at one point. I'm getting a distinct "Boba Solo" vibe. Love the armor and seems like a very good cast....
  81. Throal for Earthdawn. Great book and setting.

    Throal for Earthdawn. Great book and setting.
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    Let's be honest, by and large they're downright...

    Let's be honest, by and large they're downright silly. Star Wars doesn't exactly excel in the naming department - especially on the dark side of things. Darth Plagueis might be the worst of all, but...
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    I understand all of this, but think that it is...

    I understand all of this, but think that it is often overstated or over-done, and we do end up with a lot of "but better" situations that don't come down to people feeling strange for seeing a...
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    I think a lot of the gap in force power usage has...

    I think a lot of the gap in force power usage has to do with the difference between special effects in the 70s-80s and more recently, not to mention the influence of wuxia and MCU. Compare what Jedi...
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    I hear what you're saying, but it is a matter of...

    I hear what you're saying, but it is a matter of degree. Relative to Star Wars, Trek is harder science fiction, and far more rationalized, especially Next Gen in which each episode seemed to be the...
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    Except for the fact that the Death Star would...

    Except for the fact that the Death Star would have been completely pulverized on impact, leaving virtually no trace of it - let alone a rather intact chunk, like we see in the trailer.

    I'm not...
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    If Palpatine survived in any form what I...

    If Palpatine survived in any form what I question--aside from just the improbableness--is the time gap...what is it, 30 years? What has he been doing?

    The new body for Palpatine thing is...
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    I'm not "standing against that stated hope,"...

    I'm not "standing against that stated hope," Umbran. In truth, I agree with you and am not at all opposed to your hope - although would extend this to hoping that the film creators don't pander to...
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    That makes sense to me. The problem seems to be...

    That makes sense to me. The problem seems to be that none of the Ep 7-8 villains are really evocative - not Darth Emo, Snoke, or the First Order. But at this point, it would be odd to introduce a new...
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    It looks good...or, at least, there is nothing...

    It looks good...or, at least, there is nothing that stands out as "Uh-oh."

    That said, not sure how I feel about the Palpatine implication. I mean, if he's not dead after ROTJ, then he's virtually...
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    Maybe - but I don't know how you'd possibly prove...

    Maybe - but I don't know how you'd possibly prove that. And furthermore, my point is, why bring it up? Why is it part of a conversation that is (hopefully) only about legitimate critiques, or at...
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    I will leave the age question aside and I agree...

    I will leave the age question aside and I agree with your point, and rephrase it thusly: the films are meant to capture the imaginations of people in general, but especially kids.
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    I've only been following "LastJediGate"...

    I've only been following "LastJediGate" peripherally, but I don't like or agree with the implication that those who don't like the new films can't stand a female lead. I think the criticisms are more...
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    I'm starting to get the sense that Zardnaar...

    I'm starting to get the sense that Zardnaar didn't like The Last Jedi. Just a hunch, though.
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    I would not bring a 4-year old to a Star Wars...

    I would not bring a 4-year old to a Star Wars movie - talk about over-stimulation. Maybe 7, but maybe not until 8 or 9.
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    Word on the street is that the villain is...

    Word on the street is that the villain is Palpatine's head perpetually cackling wearing Vader's helmet, with Darth Maul's torso and double light saber and Snoke's gold costume and General Grievous's...
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    I always found Gygax's downplaying of the Tolkien...

    I always found Gygax's downplaying of the Tolkien influence to be rather disingenuous. Tolkien was obviously a huge influence, from elves-dwarves-halfings-orcs to "You meet in a tavern" to rangers to...
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    I just realized that 1989 is now 30 years ago. ...

    I just realized that 1989 is now 30 years ago.

    I'm in shock.

    And old af.
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    I love the hand-drawn maps. The fact that they...

    I love the hand-drawn maps. The fact that they don't look like they were done on a computer or for a video game is a huge plus.
  100. Well, he is the 5th Kewlest Thing Evar, behind...

    Well, he is the 5th Kewlest Thing Evar, behind only Bruce Lee, the Balrog, light sabers, and ninjas, just ahead of katanas and Boba Fett.

    But yeah, demons and such...bold move, I guess, but...
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