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  1. Again, thatís a lot of system. 5e runs without...

    Again, thatís a lot of system. 5e runs without kit bashing. The game works. Itís functional.
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    Hunterís Mark isnít being used every round....

    Hunterís Mark isnít being used every round. Choosing which ability to use in a round is a good part of the game. Some rounds, you sacrifice a bonus attack in order to move Hunterís Mark to a new...
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    I mean one of those is the Rapier. I still get...

    I mean one of those is the Rapier. I still get longsword, Battleaxe, and even shortsword wielders who could be using a rapier. As for a 2d6 option, IME no great weapon fighters are gonna switch to a...
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    Thatís odd. Iíve seen plenty of strength sword...

    Thatís odd. Iíve seen plenty of strength sword and board characters, and a handful of dual wielders.

    My point is that if players are generally choosing something in spite of a forum goer...
  5. Interesting. There is enough there that Iíd take...

    Interesting. There is enough there that Iíd take that as a rogue or monk (which I almost always play as acrobats), but Iíd probably rather have the pseudo-disengage benefit of Mobile than some of the...
  6. Eh, I think you're exaggerating the case, as the...

    Eh, I think you're exaggerating the case, as the very, very, least.

    The player declares an action, and the system describes various methods of resolution, depending on the sort of action being...
  7. Freedom doesn't mean not acting in the best...

    Freedom doesn't mean not acting in the best interest of the group of people who you directly rely upon and are relied upon by. It means that the group isn't going to be able to pressure you into...
  8. This thread contains a poll. I agree. 5e monsters are largely boring unless...

    I agree. 5e monsters are largely boring unless you buid cool lairs and give them more legendary action options, and really use their spellcasting.

    And I was torn between the 4e and 5e art,...
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    Oof. Skilled is one of the most frequently taken...

    Oof. Skilled is one of the most frequently taken feats in my group, and it would drop off dramatically if it were changed to proficiency and expertise in a single skill. I wouldn't even have vaguely...
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    Are you really seeing a shortage of strength...

    Are you really seeing a shortage of strength characters in your games?

    IME, the overwhelming majority of characters are built on a story concept, not on an analysis of CharOp forum consensus...
  11. I'd be much more interested in an Eberron boxed...

    I'd be much more interested in an Eberron boxed set than a new campaign guide, tbh. I've got my 4e hardcovers, 3.5 pdfs, and dragon/dungeon mag articles. I don't at all need repeats of any of that. I...
  12. Freedom doesn't mean not acting in the best...

    Freedom doesn't mean not acting in the best interest of the group of people who you directly rely upon and are relied upon by. It means that the group isn't going to be able to pressure you into...
  13. Healer gives an amount of power that rests...

    Healer gives an amount of power that rests between Magic Initiate and the racial magic feats. Depending on what use of Magic Initiate you compare it to, it may actually fall behind Magic Initiate....
  14. I've rarely ever seen the "evil" side of CN, and...

    I've rarely ever seen the "evil" side of CN, and only ever from players that were disruptive no matter what they played. The CN characters I've seen have tended to just be motivated by people and...
  15. Yeah 5e oaths are great. I guess whatís ďmissingĒ...

    Yeah 5e oaths are great. I guess whatís ďmissingĒ is a rule that the DM can take away the playerís powers?
  16. Things I miss. Primal Spirits and Primal...

    Things I miss.

    Primal Spirits and Primal Magic that is wholly distinct from arcane or divine magic. Keep the weave in FR and stop trying to make it relevant to things other than the arcane,...
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    Yep, folks often go further out of their way than...

    Yep, folks often go further out of their way than needed to avoid copying mechanics. On a different note, Iíd rather keep AC (and all 6 stats), and possibly shift it to a bonus that you add to a...
  18. Iíd sooner ditch Dwarves, but thereís no reason...

    Iíd sooner ditch Dwarves, but thereís no reason to ditch either. Gnomes are only dwarf like at the most shallow possible level.
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    For me, the inventor archetype isnít going to...

    For me, the inventor archetype isnít going to ever be modeled by getting 3 distinct abilities. That...isnít an inventor. Itís...a guy who has a few magic items.

    However! Iíd love to see that feat...
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    Youíre not trying to understand what Iím saying. ...

    Youíre not trying to understand what Iím saying.

    Iím not assuming anything, I used an example. Nitpicking the example doesnít address the point.

    Have fun with your game, Iím not gonna keep...
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    The main things with magic item crafting are the...

    The main things with magic item crafting are the rare ingredient as you point out, time and gold, and having to be a spellcaster (DMG rules only, IIRC xgte doesnít require being a spellcaster) with...
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    Exactly. Itís just completely diametrically...

    Exactly. Itís just completely diametrically opposes to how many of us view the fundamental nature of the game.
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    Yeah, that isnít whatís alien to me, nor did I...

    Yeah, that isnít whatís alien to me, nor did I say that it was bad. I said itís alien to my point of view. One of the delightful things about humans is that people within the same culture, enjoying...
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    None of that is what I was referring to. The...

    None of that is what I was referring to. The difference is that you decide that those factors mean certain subclasses arenít avaialable, rather than determining that certain concepts donít exist. For...
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    Huh. I think we may have extremely different...

    Huh. I think we may have extremely different views on player agency to determine their own character concept.
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    Why no swashbuckler rogues or bards?

    Why no swashbuckler rogues or bards?
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    Iíd even go the other way, and incentivize...

    Iíd even go the other way, and incentivize incisive or ďcruelĒ weapons like the dagger, sickle, handaxe, and even club, by making them do more damage with SA. Iíd go with adding proficiency bonus...
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    So the first question should always have been,...

    So the first question should always have been, what would a feat for magic item crafting look like.
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    capín kobold hey so this has been very valuable....

    capín kobold hey so this has been very valuable. I think Iíll either rewrite the OP or start a new thread with more focus, based on this discussion so far.
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    Fair enough. The crafting system is basically the...

    Fair enough. The crafting system is basically the Xanatharís magic item crafting. I figure that way, I can easily just reference those rules, repeat some tables to prevent the need to cross reference...
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    Save DC based on pc stats is the plan for all...

    Save DC based on pc stats is the plan for all crafted items that require a dc, outside of magic items that set a dc rather than using the wielderís. For some items, like a tangler bomb, that will be...
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    edit: Thank you for the feedback and ideas....

    edit: Thank you for the feedback and ideas. Modelling it after a feat which grants spells is a great idea, even if I disagree with the specific feat in question. Part of why is that the inventor...
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    I forgot! Such a feat should impact the cost...

    I forgot!

    Such a feat should impact the cost and time to research and create this stuff, right?

    So, I think research should take an amount of time similar to crafting magic items using the...
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    I'd go further and say reroll take second, reroll...

    I'd go further and say reroll take second, reroll take higher, or 1d4. No static bonuses outside of the basic numbers of the game and your stats, proficiency, etc. But I can compromise on a few...
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    Inventor Feat!

    Okay! I have a character who is an inventor, but is not and will not be an Artificer. Mostly because he is already level 7, MC Rogue/Wizard, and his build is...built...on the story that has happened...
  36. This thread contains a poll. It has to be Assassin, Avenger, Bard, Ranger,...

    It has to be Assassin, Avenger, Bard, Ranger, Monk, Warlock, Warlord, Swordmage.
  37. One of my local radio stations got bought out...

    One of my local radio stations got bought out last year, and in protest, a DJ played the shark baby song on a loop for 3 days straight, before the signal finally got shut down, and up comes some lame...
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    Math. The game is vastly too bloated...

    Math. The game is vastly too bloated mathematically, and it is a huge glaring flaw in the system.

    It needs less scaling of basic numbers, and vastly fewer stacking sources of static modifiers...
  39. I find it quite easy to avoid this problem. ...

    I find it quite easy to avoid this problem.

    First, let me say that as a DM I despise the notion that I am some sort of all powerful god at the table. All authority in a voluntary group activity...
  40. Somehow, this warning did not do it justice. ...

    Somehow, this warning did not do it justice.



    Oof. I wish I'd read this first. Was not prepared to deal with body horror like that today. Gonna be sick for a few hours, now.


    Like it's...
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    I'm fine with it as long as you can choose to use...

    I'm fine with it as long as you can choose to use it as a turret that moves around and whatever, instead.
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    I mean that specific aspect of combat, I suppose...

    I mean that specific aspect of combat, I suppose it could be easy to forget the combat uses of skills, but every single skill had at least situational combat use, even if you didn't take anything to...
  43. I like to specialise in not caring if there is a...

    I like to specialise in not caring if there is a line of minions. Drunken Master Monk is slightly better at it, since they disengage as part of using Flurry of Blows, but any rogue can do so as a...
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    I wouldnít call the differing proficiency bonuses...

    I wouldnít call the differing proficiency bonuses a weapon property, and I agree that having different accuracies between weapons is a bad way to go.

    One thing that a 4e remix of any kind needs,...
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    Ah, come on, man. Outside of CharOp games and the...

    Ah, come on, man. Outside of CharOp games and the Vampire and Binder, nothing in essentials was actually noticeably unbalanced, and there were a ton of really fun options. The player books were...
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    I disagree completely. It's more like a story...

    I disagree completely. It's more like a story about Batman that focuses on one of those three features.



    Damn I hope it still can be a "pet", because my wife really enjoys her turret as it is.
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    I don't understand what you mean by this? The...

    I don't understand what you mean by this? The Skill Challenge system is an analogue to combat, but avoids going too far with it (like giving challenges some sort of HP analogue. That would have been...
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    Question for anyone intersted. How do you...

    Question for anyone intersted.

    How do you feel about the expanded weapon properties of 4e? I rather liked all of them, especially Brutal and High Crit. A scimitar, rapier, longsword, etc all...
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    This makes a lot of sense. A document parsing...

    This makes a lot of sense. A document parsing each of the 4e PHB classes and races, and the general rules, plus enough monsters to run a quick level of a dungeon with a boss fight, using the 5e OGL,...
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    In a system where +1 is as big a jump as it is in...

    In a system where +1 is as big a jump as it is in 5e? It should be plenty to have +3. Thatís Legendary magic weapon territory.
  51. I definately get to bop a baddie for casting next...

    I definately get to bop a baddie for casting next to me more than 1/short rest. Probably average of 1/encounter, when the adventure has a lot of spellcasters. Still a couple times per rest with light...
  52. Swashbuckler with a couple feats should be...

    Swashbuckler with a couple feats should be getting SA twice per round several times a combat, if not every round. I may have missed it, but I didnít see any recognition of that in the math.

    Also,...
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    No big chunk. Just an optional rule that adds +1...

    No big chunk. Just an optional rule that adds +1 per tier to all derived stats.



    What? No, man, Iím saying youíd just add +1 per tier to everything, as an optional rule.
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    At level 26? By the book, I donít think youíre...

    At level 26? By the book, I donít think youíre actually a Demi-god until you ascend.

    Anyway, that is better solved with an Epic bonus to skills and saves than with a math treadmill, IMO.
  55. My issue with that is, you get one die. I don't...

    My issue with that is, you get one die. I don't feel like Martial Adept is ever really worth it.
  56. Some thoughts Beastmasters have other things...

    Some thoughts

    Beastmasters have other things to spend Bonus Action on. Give the Beast it's own turn on the Ranger's initiative, but don't let it use multi-attack. Beef it's HP more, or let the...
  57. I think the assassin is the wrong rogue to look...

    I think the assassin is the wrong rogue to look to for comparison, anyway. There's too big a difference between average damage with a nova first round and without. A swashbuckler will get sneak...
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    People didn't read past the basic formatting...

    People didn't read past the basic formatting presentation.
    Proof: 5e does the same thing all over the place, and people don't mind because it's presented differently at a quick glance.

    But...
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    I get where you're coming from, there. Easy...

    I get where you're coming from, there. Easy enough to just add a tier bonus to all skills, though. As an optional rule, because honestly i never liked that in 4e. A person is still a person at level...
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    Page count? I really don't think there's much to...

    Page count? I really don't think there's much to that argument, tbh. It's a rather classic part of the archetype. Page count doesn't particularly impact that.
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    IMO it's a very good thing that they are...

    IMO it's a very good thing that they are reluctant to introduce entirely new resource models into the game. I think one of the primary and irreplaceable strengths of the edition is that the game...
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    Am I the only one that wants a game that plays...

    Am I the only one that wants a game that plays basically like if 4e had been updated to use Bounded Accuracy instead of the numbers treadmill, monster HP values fixed, powers able to be upgraded...
  63. Heroes of The Feywild Races of Stone (and...

    Heroes of The Feywild

    Races of Stone (and probably the others? maybe? IIRC Races of Stone was the only really really well written one) Love me some deep dives into cultures.

    The Shadowfell:...
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    So, you want infusions to be spells that require...

    So, you want infusions to be spells that require the caster to be holding an item to cast, restrcited by level, what spells they prepared that day, and subject to counterspell when cast.
    So, spells...
  65. Really good articles! thanks for sharing!

    Really good articles! thanks for sharing!
  66. Yeah fantasy cartoons are pretty popular.

    Yeah fantasy cartoons are pretty popular.
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    Nah. Iím gonna continue to examine and consider,...

    Nah. Iím gonna continue to examine and consider, thanks.
  68. DnDBeyond will soon have all of that...

    DnDBeyond will soon have all of that functionality offline. THe app is fully offline usable, and will soon include character builder, and eventually include all the tools the website has. If you are...
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    The homunculus is a pretty big part of the...

    The homunculus is a pretty big part of the mythology of alchemy.

    Except you can't do that in a balanced way unless you force the crafting of a wand of fireballs to cost a number of infusions...
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    I point back to sailing video games like Sid...

    I point back to sailing video games like Sid Meierís Pirates! You want a small ship that can run circles around a galleon, is better at cutting into the wind, but has little firepower and a small...
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    I assume there is a reference here?

    I assume there is a reference here?
  72. Shepherd Druid/Scout Rogue might work really well...

    Shepherd Druid/Scout Rogue might work really well for you, as well.
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    Wanda and scrolls cast spells. Eladrin teleport...

    Wanda and scrolls cast spells. Eladrin teleport is a rare exception. Most racial magic is spellcasting. Ki abilities donít duplicate spells. They either do things spells dont, or they...literally...
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    Iíd make the sloop faster, and consider a...

    Iíd make the sloop faster, and consider a ďcutterĒ, or change ďsloopĒ to ďpilot shipĒ, and use sloop for small crewed very fast sailing vessels.
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    So, is the keelboat supposed to stand in for...

    So, is the keelboat supposed to stand in for pilot boats? Jk obv not, that would be absurd.

    I donít suppose yíall would be willing to stay up a 1-2 crew pilot cutter? My character used to be a...
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    Or, just have a subclass that can use spell slots...

    Or, just have a subclass that can use spell slots to make things on the fly.

    But the class already infuses magic into items to create magical effects. Youíre just trying to make it mechanically...
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    You cant have both in one class. A 1/3 caster...

    You cant have both in one class. A 1/3 caster cannot make a good spellcasting Artificer.

    Youíd be better off making a rogue subclass that crafts.
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    I expect the DM to know the rules fairly well,...

    I expect the DM to know the rules fairly well, and to not change the rules to ďnerfĒ the PCs unless soemthing actually breaks the game. I also am fine with checking rules, as long as it doesnít grind...
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    I couldnít disagree more. Removing the attack...

    I couldnít disagree more. Removing the attack from the Iron Defender makes it an inherently silly construct. It is the Battle Smithís damage boost, as well. I can see making the Alchemist a more...
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    4e and 5e arenít fundamentally all that...

    4e and 5e arenít fundamentally all that different.

    A 4e equivalent of pathfinder would just be a 5e OGL game with versions of the classes that provide maneuvers, spells, rites, etc for each class...
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    My feedback will boil down to ďdo not pare this...

    My feedback will boil down to ďdo not pare this class down to any significant degree. Itís good as is, with some tweaks to when things come online and where they exist in the class or subclassĒ.
    ...
  82. Iíd be all for that, as long as it had a PC...

    Iíd be all for that, as long as it had a PC version. Iím never gonna spend that kinda money on a glorified one trick computer.
  83. 4e. Itís hard to choose between the breadth...

    4e.

    Itís hard to choose between the breadth of meaningful customization for players, and all the various widgets like rituals and skill challenges that help fill out out of combat challenges.
  84. Lol why are you getting defensive and slinging...

    Lol why are you getting defensive and slinging personal insults now?
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    This thread contains a poll. Tony Vargas I disagree that 13th Age does what a...

    Tony Vargas I disagree that 13th Age does what a 5.4e game would do.
  86. none of that even comes close, tbh. Most of...

    none of that even comes close, tbh.

    Most of of those sentences donít even make sense, as well, so I wouldnít congratulate yourself too much!
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    This thread contains a poll. Iím proposing a 5e Advanced or whatever that...

    Iím proposing a 5e Advanced or whatever that injects the balance and depth of 4e into the framework of 5e.

    Itís an OGL project, not a GSL one.
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    This thread contains a poll. I wouldn't go that far. After all, there is a...

    I wouldn't go that far. After all, there is a tangible difference between the classes, but for the most part you're right. As far as the accuracy and damage vs HP numbers go, it's just a treadmill....
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    Yep. The AqInc fans, especially the Shadow...

    Yep. The AqInc fans, especially the Shadow Council (C Team fans for those who don't watch), will buy out the first printing by themselves. The general dnd audience will buy a decent amount once there...
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    Oh, I'm pretty sure that book is going to sell...

    Oh, I'm pretty sure that book is going to sell extremely well.

    It's got a whole subsystem for running an adventuring company like a company, and using party roles to thematically put some of the...
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    This thread contains a poll. Twitter is also vastly more positive about 5e...

    Twitter is also vastly more positive about 5e than it was about 4e. It's also more positive about 4e than it was several years ago, actually.


    Right. Those threads are full of two kinds of...
  92. Ya know, I don't think there is a single...

    Ya know, I don't think there is a single reference, meme, or other such little cultural artifact, in existence that I am more tired of than that one.

    Especially in text medium, wherein it just...
  93. You mean, ďEven betterĒ, surely!

    You mean, ďEven betterĒ, surely!
  94. Thread: Firearms

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    Eh, you're better off taking the Battle Master...

    Eh, you're better off taking the Battle Master subclass and simply giving the player gun proficiency and proficiency with Tinker Tools.

    The Gunslinger isn't actually very good at all. What we see...
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    This thread contains a poll. "Perfection"? lol oof. It's pretty good movie,...

    "Perfection"? lol oof. It's pretty good movie, with a batman that is...fine, I guess? It's probably the third best live action Batman movie, maybe 4th.



    And Pattinson is a morbid weirdo who...
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    This thread contains a poll. I voted for 4e. I'm still considering making a...

    I voted for 4e. I'm still considering making a hack of 4e that simply shares some simple powers within a role or power source to simplify the power list (delete effective duplicates), and put in...
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    Why do we need a new edition of a perfectly good...

    Why do we need a new edition of a perfectly good game?
  98. Yeah, no. Self control isnít part of the...

    Yeah, no. Self control isnít part of the equation, except on the part of those hoarding wealth that belongs to the community.

    But this is an inherently political topic, so best we leave it. I...
  99. Property. Most wealth is property, not...

    Property.

    Most wealth is property, not dollars.

    So, poverty? 100% chance.
  100. Cute.

    Cute.
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