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    I didn’t say ignorant, I said I didn’t think they...

    I didn’t say ignorant, I said I didn’t think they gave it a serious look. I just named several themes from the series that are ABSOLUTELY there, and absolutely realistic. Raj’s terrible examples in...
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    For me, quite a lot actually, until about my...

    For me, quite a lot actually, until about my senior year in high school. My defense was making friends with other kids who the bullies were scared of. :) In particular, one dude’s homophobic slur was...
  3. I think part of the broad brush with which early...

    I think part of the broad brush with which early D&D is painted is due to historical distance, but also because Gygax and other TSR authors (such as the infamous Roger Moore “Tucker’s Kobolds” story)...
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    I’ve never understood the triggering nature of...

    I’ve never understood the triggering nature of TBBT with some individuals; I self-identify as a geek/nerd and have in public for close to twenty years now; my love of computing, comic books, RPGs,...
  5. Just google “Disney ruined Star Wars” and you’ll...

    Just google “Disney ruined Star Wars” and you’ll get a deluge of fan-hate; now, there are also plenty of people who talk about Lucas ruining Star Wars with special editions and midichlorians as well,...
  6. Bill Slavicsek’s been unknown to far too many SW...

    Bill Slavicsek’s been unknown to far too many SW fans - then again, many fans seem to treat George Lucas’ Star Wars as being somehow perfect compared to the work of Disney and others, easily glossing...
  7. Grimmerspace is going off of celebrity power to a...

    Grimmerspace is going off of celebrity power to a large extent — Wesley Snipes and Sean Astin are creative developers on the project (though Snipes seems absent in the Kickstarter info), and artists...
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    Thank you so much for your column here, James,...

    Thank you so much for your column here, James, for your view and input on the history of our great hobby and hopefully a take on the here and now, as well. :)
  9. I hope that, given his obvious enjoyment, that...

    I hope that, given his obvious enjoyment, that even if he doesn’t play games that are broadcast any more, that he doesn’t stop and decides to start some regular gaming - Hell, plenty of people even...
  10. Yeah, the reason WotC gave up the magazine...

    Yeah, the reason WotC gave up the magazine publishing in the first place was a desire to divest it completely, so they sold all that to Paizo along with the licensing contract. As to why Paizo didn’t...
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    No, I think the monsters by and large did not...

    No, I think the monsters by and large did not play well with one another, but one of them (won’t spoil it) was trying to get them to work together. By and large, it was pretty much a monster...
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    This thread contains a poll. I voted 2E, but I like several for different...

    I voted 2E, but I like several for different reasons:

    - I said 2E because I ran two of my longest-running campaigns on it; it’s flexibility was such that I could pull in a lot of 1E material...
  13. Thread: What the Hell?

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    Nah, just bath salts... you’ll be fine. :)

    Nah, just bath salts... you’ll be fine. :)
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    I can’t take credit for it, sadly — Stu Venable...

    I can’t take credit for it, sadly — Stu Venable from Happy Jack’s RPG Podcast is friggin’ hilarious. :)
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    “Can be?” Yes, absolutely. See everything from...

    “Can be?” Yes, absolutely. See everything from Dragonlance, to Sepulchrave’s Story Hour, here on these very forums. (I would argue Sepluchrave’s “Tales of Wyre” are an even purer form of that, since...
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    And no Fannys, either — I’m disappointed. :-)

    And no Fannys, either — I’m disappointed. :-)
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    But if he didn’t, it’s not about being chicken,...

    But if he didn’t, it’s not about being chicken, perhaps they just don’t want to egg on a fight. Perhaps the unintended fowlness of meaning didn’t dawn on them, or they were just winging the...
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    To me, reasons #1 and #6 are the most valid...

    To me, reasons #1 and #6 are the most valid reasons for doing so remaining; if you see a genuine unfilled need (which I’d argue your #5 also fits into #1) or sheerly for the creative-yearning Hell of...
  19. This thread contains a poll. When I was younger, I tried to make my own, a...

    When I was younger, I tried to make my own, a post-apocalyptic RPG in the tradition of Mad Max (this was in the 80s and well pre-Fallout influence.) I did not get very far past ability scores and...
  20. I believe it used to be called “Curing hysteria.”

    I believe it used to be called “Curing hysteria.”
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    Mike Mearls keeps pushing his “no bonus actions”...

    Mike Mearls keeps pushing his “no bonus actions” idea here and there, but I’m worried it will leave WAAY too many corner-cases if it were to happen. Redesigning down to “move and action” only would...
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    There had better be a good D&D movie soon, or...

    There had better be a good D&D movie soon, or I’ll be miffed. The pump is figuratively primed and ready, for goodness’ sake!
  23. This thread contains a poll. Yeah, it’s like going to a forum devoted to...

    Yeah, it’s like going to a forum devoted to classic roadsters and asking how many people have tried to restore one. :)
  24. The Hat of wizardry I consider to be pretty good...

    The Hat of wizardry I consider to be pretty good - the ability to pull out ANY cantrip once per day in a pinch is pretty good. I know there’s a failure chance, but if you are a wizard, chances are...
  25. I would have to say that this points to an...

    I would have to say that this points to an interesting parallel. Though Vecna may well be more powerful than Larloch, Larloch is definitely wiser. Vecna makes all these cunning, yet aggressive,...
  26. Lich, please. Everyone knows that Vecna would...

    Lich, please. Everyone knows that Vecna would wipe the astral floor with those two...
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    ...Insert joke about politicians here...

    ...Insert joke about politicians here...
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    Is that you, Diaglo? :) Actually, you can’t...

    Is that you, Diaglo? :)

    Actually, you can’t be Diaglo, because you’re not talking about how there are no Paladins or Rangers, just Fighting Men, Clerics, and Magic-Users...
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    This thread contains a poll. The interpersonal interactions are some of the...

    The interpersonal interactions are some of the elements I enjoy most about the show. My wife has her Housewives and Teen Moms, I got my Rogue/Paladin and Druid making out. :) The PC-with-PC romance...
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    This may sound funny, but a Critical Role episode...

    This may sound funny, but a Critical Role episode plays about like one of my groups’ normal D&D games - at times serious, mixed with a bit of humor, foul language, and totally inappropriate humor. :)...
  31. I would say that a minuscule chance exists for a...

    I would say that a minuscule chance exists for a PC to misread an NPC, even if they are telling the truth. It’s possible, especially if the NPC is normally a very smooth liar. My spot-ruling would be...
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    My name is... WHAT? My name is.. WHO?

    My name is...

    WHAT?

    My name is..

    WHO?
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    One of my favorite panels from the “What’s New?”...

    One of my favorite panels from the “What’s New?” Comic strip from Dragon Magazine #84:
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    I think he’ll be fantastic at it. One thing...

    I think he’ll be fantastic at it.

    One thing Paizo sometimes do not get enough credit for, however, is their attention to story, flavor, and detail. I’ve often considered running Paizo adventure...
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    In my experience, Life is a series of...

    In my experience, Life is a series of hyperconvergent timelines that if graphed spell out the words "Jeremy Bearimy" in cursive. :)
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    This thread contains a poll. I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered any table...

    I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered any table who has done any of 3e/4e/5e or Pathfinder this way. Back in 1st ed and 2nd ed AD&D, we had declaration phases, but not since.
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    “Roll-play versus Role-play” has always been...

    “Roll-play versus Role-play” has always been around - this is maybe the seventh long-running thread I can remember on these forums on the topic? I feel like it’s one of those kinds of topics that...
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    Mr. Ward, Thank you for sharing the...

    Mr. Ward,

    Thank you for sharing the remembrances with us - I look forward to reading them! Also, well-wishes for you and your family’s good health.
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    This thread contains a poll. I’m fortunate in that the groups I’ve hooked up...

    I’m fortunate in that the groups I’ve hooked up with over the years have made in-character discussion and debate part of the table dynamic; a few years ago we had an absolute blast with the Paizo...
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    This thread contains a poll. In late 2017, I would have said, “not my cup of...

    In late 2017, I would have said, “not my cup of tea.” However, not long after campaign 2 started, I went to, “yes, and talks machina, etc.” The amateurish production values of the early shows, and...
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    ...And it was said that the most famous of these...

    ...And it was said that the most famous of these was Aanglvia Newton-John, the Last Aerobender....
  42. I'm going to go with probably $8.9 million -...

    I'm going to go with probably $8.9 million - mainly because I also suspect Reigel let the Frumpkin out of the bag with that 8.8 million remark...
  43. Much as I loved the Greyhawk setting back in the...

    Much as I loved the Greyhawk setting back in the 80s and 90s, I have to agree with this. It's indeed quite hard for a company to try to resurrect and rebuild a fanbase for a product that (in...
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    Isn't that reminiscent of that old saying about...

    Isn't that reminiscent of that old saying about the two happiest days for most boat owners? :-)
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    Much appreciated; I'm also looking for guachi 's...

    Much appreciated; I'm also looking for guachi 's input, because like him, I'm also one who finds trying to flip through three or four books while playing at the table WAAAY more trouble than it's...
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    Thing is, there are millions of people actively...

    Thing is, there are millions of people actively playing D&D currently (something like 12 to 15 million last surveys) - I really doubt the majority are just reading and not playing the released...
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    guachi DID say, “his conversion”, not his 1e prep...

    guachi DID say, “his conversion”, not his 1e prep notes. If it is a 5e conversion, i’d Be interested in seeing one of his more complex liner notes for monsters (in a spoiler block if anyone is...
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    Is this really still true, though? I know back...

    Is this really still true, though? I know back when they were putting out a hardcover and a bunch of soft covers every month, this was actually true; however, with so few releases per year and all...
  49. Oh, God, they're doomed -- they're only taking in...

    Oh, God, they're doomed -- they're only taking in $300,000.00 a day, now! How will they make enough stretch goals to fund a series that goes all the way through to the Vecna fight at the end of the...
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    I REALLY don't like it, and I'll tell you why: ...

    I REALLY don't like it, and I'll tell you why:

    Often during my prep notes, I have to copy the information from a stat block into a quickly-referential format for use in my notes, without having to...
  51. Jim is also original writer for Skullkickers...

    Jim is also original writer for Skullkickers years ago, as well as the very first round of Pathfinder comic books back in 2012. The guy’s on his way to becoming a comics legend in his own right.
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    First of all, I think there’s a misunderstanding...

    First of all, I think there’s a misunderstanding of sympathy and empathy going on in the thread:

    https://www.diffen.com/difference/Empathy_vs_Sympathy

    I can’t have empathy for people like Pat...
  53. Hey, don’t knock it! It’s gotta be awesome — the...

    Hey, don’t knock it! It’s gotta be awesome — the LEGO Movie tells us so. ;)

    I’ve used everything from cardboard pawns, to risk pieces, to the Wizkids stuff, to super-detailed lead and pewter...
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    I have to agree with the camp that says that...

    I have to agree with the camp that says that readied attacks can’t disrupt casting of spells. IMO, Not only does the wording of “ready” preclude it, but the case examples of spells or actions being...
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    I’ve used Milestone Levelling before it was...

    I’ve used Milestone Levelling before it was called “Milestone Levelling” - probably going on 20 years now. The point at which I got tired of tracking XP in our 2E games with my gaming group at the...
  56. WotC are not fools: Anything good for Crit Role...

    WotC are not fools: Anything good for Crit Role is good for the D&D brand. I hesitate to say that Matt Mercer and crew are the best thing for D&D since the Satanic Panic. 😄
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    Our gaming group uses a 30-second game timer for...

    Our gaming group uses a 30-second game timer for individual turns to avoid analysis paralysis - I would find no problem with such a time limit on a major choice either, as 30 seconds is plenty of...
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    Wouldn't that be more like, "The...

    Wouldn't that be more like, "The constantly-singing antiheroes?" :D
  59. Looks like someone did it for me.... :)

    Looks like someone did it for me.... :)
  60. I use an iPad for my viewing mainly, and in both...

    I use an iPad for my viewing mainly, and in both Firefox and Chrome, the left-hand side of the right pane is cut off; plus, that font is ENORMOUS. I have to scroll right in a column of text (like the...
  61. This looks like some fantastic content, if only...

    This looks like some fantastic content, if only it weren’t presented in such a damned annoying fashion. In the app, the text is either oversized or too small, and in the on-screen viewing in the...
  62. Yeah, True 20, based on Mutants and Masterminds,...

    Yeah, True 20, based on Mutants and Masterminds, both use only a d20 as the only die in the game.

    https://greenroninstore.com/collections/true20

    There’s an SRD for it:
    ...
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    Umbran; makes a great point - even in cases of...

    Umbran; makes a great point - even in cases of things like Elementals, a non magic weapon should have NO chance of damaging a wave of sentient water, and yet it does (albeit reduced damage); the...
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    This thread contains a poll. The backgrounds come up quite often at tables...

    The backgrounds come up quite often at tables i’ve Played or run; however, the bonds, flaws, ideals, etc. don’t come up often. For some reason,people seem quite happy to have artisan, urchin,...
  65. #TheRealForgottenRealms

    #TheRealForgottenRealms
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    I’d love to thank the Twitch subber who gifted me...

    I’d love to thank the Twitch subber who gifted me a one month subscription Tuesday, but there doesn’t seem to be a method on Twitch to send a private message — that was awesome of them! They have a...
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    Part of me always kind of hoped... ...

    Part of me always kind of hoped...

    https://xkcd.com/1504/
  68. We did this for our PF1 game and it went pretty...

    We did this for our PF1 game and it went pretty well, but I would recommend to keep it low-level (cap the campaign to max 10th level or so) so that feat and spell interactions don’t get complex...
  69. Given that I've always played in 5e games with...

    Given that I've always played in 5e games with the default point buy, I don't think either of those have ever applied to me :) -- I'm ALWAYS loath to pass up an ability score increase -- it would be...
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    Printed, probably about 100 - I have periodically...

    Printed, probably about 100 - I have periodically purged over the years, donating to good friends especially for books I haven't cracked open in 5 years or more. Digitally, I literally have thousands...
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    This pretty much fits me as well. In my case,...

    This pretty much fits me as well. In my case, it's about 75%/25% first person/third person, I prefer first person, but there are times where either I'm at a loss for specific words (I suck at...
  72. I'm actually surprised that the "dipping" doesn't...

    I'm actually surprised that the "dipping" doesn't go all the way to level 4 for most of these, stopping at level 3 so often; if you're going to level 3, in most cases might as well go to level 4, so...
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    So far, I've seen an ancestral guardian...

    So far, I've seen an ancestral guardian Barbarian, a Swashbuckler Rogue, A Hex blade warlock, and a Divine Soul Sorcerer. Of all of these, the Divine Soul was the most lackluster - but I think this...
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    This was actually an excellent example of how...

    This was actually an excellent example of how some companies make the mistake that open playtesting takes the place of QA, rather than supplementing QA....


    I actually wish more companies did...
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    I can’t speak to other countries, but I can...

    I can’t speak to other countries, but I can confidently say that, if you live in the United States, some of your personally identifiable information (PII) has been released through a breach at least...
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    The first Guardians movie had several things...

    The first Guardians movie had several things going for it:

    -Strength of vision. Gunn and crew had a very strong idea for what came out, from the music, to the characterizations, to the humor. A...
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    Why does it have to be a fake death? Re-reading...

    Why does it have to be a fake death? Re-reading raise dead and resurrection, unlike some earlier editions, it just says the soul must be “free and willing” but doesn’t say anything about what info...
  78. This has been one of my favorite pieces of art of...

    This has been one of my favorite pieces of art of all time - kind of a wistful piece showing all of the companions, still together and of similar mind, before circumstances forced them to separate...
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    GO FOR THE EYES, MEGA-BOO!

    GO FOR THE EYES, MEGA-BOO!
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    My 1st Edition gamma world set had some very...

    My 1st Edition gamma world set had some very interesting dice - filled in with black paint/ink from the factory, but made out of some kind of ultra-hard, kind of brittle plastic, almost slightly...
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    I don't know, but the plot's probably riddled...

    I don't know, but the plot's probably riddled with holes...
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    It's funny because it's true.... :) I fished them...

    It's funny because it's true.... :) I fished them out the other day just so I could see if it was true, and indeed, I have three dice left still from my Moldvay Basic box and my first edition Gamma...
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    My first thought was a Cocodile - a chocolately...

    My first thought was a Cocodile - a chocolately swamp-dweller that tastes great in milk!
    Then again, the Fire Wolf could be a fun replacement for the Dire Wolf occasionally.
    Or perhaps you might...
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    Every once in a while, I bowl for company "team...

    Every once in a while, I bowl for company "team building" events - I hurt in all sorts of new places on my body that didn't hurt the day before. :) It's no 10K run or swim meet, mind you, but Respect...
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    I didn't want to get into this with the previous...

    I didn't want to get into this with the previous thread, because it lends more respectability to Maher's opinion than it should be due, but I think the majority of geekdom "adults" just fine. (I...
  86. I would also challenge the claim "inaccurate." :)...

    I would also challenge the claim "inaccurate." :) In my high school years, I saw plenty of myself in aspects of Sheldon, Howard, and Raj! Overly pedantic, slightly neurotic, painfully shy around...
  87. Looking at the stats, it mirrors the experience...

    Looking at the stats, it mirrors the experience of the vast majority of my gaming life, throughout about seven editions of the game’s over 35+ years. I have a binder of characters from my basic and...
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    Anyone who holds up Shakespeare or Dickens as...

    Anyone who holds up Shakespeare or Dickens as their examples of superior adult literature really misses their original context as the most mass-market and low-brow of entertainment, same as Comic...
  89. This actually refers to the branch that are more...

    This actually refers to the branch that are more mercenary and less Bane-worshipping, the “Black Network” faction. Unfortunately, what killed the PC was a Grey Ooze that they ultimately ran from, and...
  90. It made an appearance in every one of our...

    It made an appearance in every one of our campaigns when I was younger; there was exactly ONE campaign that it didn’t wreck. :)
  91. Burial customs (need some help)(my players GO AWAY)

    I was hoping for some creative ideas from this artesian idea well of a community ;) much thanks in advance.

    Situation: the PCs are all affiliated with (tightly or loosely) the Local Zhentarim...
  92. I would happily watch ANY OF THESE on Adult Swim....

    I would happily watch ANY OF THESE on Adult Swim. :)
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    This also means that I’ve been playing D&D for...

    This also means that I’ve been playing D&D for about 38 years now, which is longer than most of the people I work with have been alive. I LITERALLY have dice older than them...

    ...I’ll just be...
  94. He fills his foes with hot lead, and hopes they...

    He fills his foes with hot lead, and hopes they don't fill him with cold iron!
  95. Heroes in a Body Bag — CYBER POWER!

    Heroes in a Body Bag — CYBER POWER!
  96. Fantastic Magical Detective Dog - coming soon to...

    Fantastic Magical Detective Dog - coming soon to Disney XD! :)
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    Would that be one of those Festhalls with the red...

    Would that be one of those Festhalls with the red lamps out front?...

    I don't know if my players are going to go all in on chapter 2, but I did inform them to be thinking in their backstory about...
  98. I also need to bring up that there are a LOT of...

    I also need to bring up that there are a LOT of checks where there's nothing by the rules stopping every single member of the party from rolling to attempt the task at hand. Perhaps things like...
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    Weirdly enough, I've never found this to be the...

    Weirdly enough, I've never found this to be the case ("The DM-controlled character/critter is rarely viewed as a party member...a player-controlled character/critter is often just as loved as a...
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    The only game I have ever "left" D&D for for any...

    The only game I have ever "left" D&D for for any length of time has been the Star Wars Saga Edition back in the 2007-2008 timeframe. It's the only one my group was so interested in they voluntarily...
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