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  1. RPG Crowdfunding News – Earthdawn, Wicked Ones, The Strapping Lads, Vigilante City 2, and more

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    Geekdom Takes a Bow

    With so many geek franchises coming to a close this year, it feels like we're reaching a milestone in geek fandom. From Star Wars to Game of Thrones, Avengers to The Big Bang Theory, many...
  3. The Latest on Wrath & Glory and Torg Eternity

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  4. RPGs Finally Get Some Credit in Defining a Galaxy: A Review

    When Disney took over the Star Wars universe, the press release called out role-playing games as part of the new Star Wars canon. Since then, Pablo Hidalgo has been a champion of bringing content...
  5. Game Design Like a Boy Scout: Week 10 - Wrap Up

    After ten weeks of teaching a game design workshop to 20+ BSA Scouts, it was time for the Scouts to deliver their own games. This is where I discovered how interested and motivated our Scouts were to...
  6. There's a RPG-Themed Episode in (Nearly) Every Cartoon Now

    We've known tabletop role-playing games have been on the rise and that professional creatives like actors and writers have been publicly embracing their inner geek recently. For more evidence, look...
  7. Thread: What the Hell?

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    ... Yes.

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    Yes.
  8. Thread: What the Hell?

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    What the Hell?

    With the announcement of Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus taking place in the Nine Hells, it's worth looking back on how we got here. And for that, we can blame Dante Alighieri, whose apocalyptic...
  9. Game Design Like a Boy Scout: Weeks 6-9 - Intellectual Property

    This article is the latest in a series of workshops I ran for 20+ BSA Scouts for the Game Design Merit Badge. In this installment, we jump ahead in time a bit to cover some other aspects of the...
  10. Game Design Like a Boy Scout: Week 5 - Dungeons & Dragons

    After several weeks of demonstrating the different types of games to our Boy Scout troop, it was time to play the most challenging game of all: dungeon mastering a 25-person Dungeons & Dragons group....
  11. Game Design Like a Boy Scout: Week 4 – 1-2-Switch

    I embarked on a seven-week long journey to teach 20 Boy Scouts about game design, and learned a lot along the way. Our third game was a combination of party game and video game: 1-2-Switch, which is...
  12. Game Design Like a Boy Scout: Week 3 - Family Feud

    I recently embarked on a seven-week long journey to teach 20 Boy Scouts about game design, and learned a lot along the way. Our second game was Family Feud with a twist -- Star Wars! -- and the...
  13. The issue using Jenga in a D20 Modern game was...

    The issue using Jenga in a D20 Modern game was that it was essentially another form of resolution, like dice, but it had player-skill consequences. I could easily see using Jenga to represent picking...
  14. Game Design Like a Boy Scout: Week 2 - Jenga

    I embarked on a seven-week long journey to teach 20 Boy Scouts about game design, and learned a lot along the way. Our first of four games we studied was Jenga, and it was about as chaotic as you...
  15. Game Design Like a Boy Scout: Week 1 - What’s a Game?

    When my son joined Boy Scouts, I decided to teach the Game Design Merit Badge to his Troop. When I picked up the guide to teaching the badge, I was pleasantly surprised to see tabletop role-playing...
  16. This thread contains a poll. Have you ever written a standalone set of RPG rules?

    Commercial RPGs have existed for some 45 years. Where RPG ideas are concerned, there's not much new under the sun. Then why do people keep writing new RPGs? It's a LOT of work, even if you don't do...
  17. Yikes, thanks for letting me know!

    Yikes, thanks for letting me know!
  18. What's wrong with the layout? I'm responsible for...

    What's wrong with the layout? I'm responsible for posting ENWC articles so if there's a layout issue it's on me to fix it and I'm happy to do so. It looks okay to me though?
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    The Fortenite-ification of Everything

    The online battle royale video game Fortnite has become a smash hit that is changing the industry. But what makes it so popular are the same elements that are behind Dungeons & Dragons' recent surge....
  20. RPG Crowdfunding News – Witch+Craft, Traveller, Swordsfall, Humblewood, Symbar, CAPERS Noir, Mythea, and more

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    Eat This, It's Good for You!

    Dungeons & Dragons set up many of the tropes that have since influenced computer and video role-playing games, but one of the more interesting offsets of this is how D&D handles food. Which is to...
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    You make a good point, which is that by creating...

    You make a good point, which is that by creating definitions of what "fits" in a game, it makes the game rules a little more balanced. As D&D's rules have become more codified, a side effect is that...
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    Who Killed the Megaverse?

    The popularity of Dungeons & Dragons has helped establish a baseline genre of fantasy that makes the game easily accessible to those familiar with its tropes. But in D&D's early days, the idea of...
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    Where's Our D&D Theme Park?

    Hasbro recently announced a licensing agreement with Imagine Resorts and Hotels, LLC to develop the first-ever Hasbro themed indoor water park and family resort. This announcement followed a...
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    I think one important piece I missed pointing out...

    I think one important piece I missed pointing out in the article is that the traditional forms of authority are no longer trusted. D&D was outside the experience of a lot of groups (including police...
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    As someone who was targeted by religious groups...

    As someone who was targeted by religious groups in school, for a long time I reflexively felt that there was nothing wrong with how D&D presented itself. But after re-reading Art & Arcana and looking...
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    Momo is Still Not Real (But Memes Are)

    D&D is no stranger to moral panics, and there's a new boogeyman taking the place of demons in the 80s: Momo, a fake picture of a fake sculpture about a fake trend.


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  28. CAR-PGa NEWSLETTER, Vol. 28, No. 3, March 2019

    Our latest newsletter is live! This one includes a discussion of con policies, a SPIEL '18 in Essen update, contributions from four of our contributors, and a comprehensive convention list for the...
  29. CAR-PGa NEWSLETTER, Vol. 28, No. 2, February 2019

    http://www.car-pga.org/2019/02/02/car-pga-newsletter-vol-28-no-2-february-2019/
  30. CAR-PGa NEWSLETTER Vol. 28, No. 1 January 2019

    http://www.car-pga.org/2019/01/20/car-pga-newsletter-vol-28-no-1-january-2019/
  31. The Latest Newsletter for the Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games (CAR-PGA)

    CAR-PGa is the Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games, an international network of researchers into all aspects of role-playing games (RPGs). In the 1980s, there was a major campaign...
  32. An interesting take on this is The Adventure Zone...

    An interesting take on this is The Adventure Zone (TAZ) podcast. Before it became really popular, the first episodes of the podcast were about the Lost Mine of Phandelver. Fast forward a couple of...
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    It's a Good Thing D&D Isn't a Toy

    We've previously discussed a time when Dungeons & Dragons was considered as much of a toy as it was a book. The loss of D&D in toy stores was a blow to a hobby that found its footing among a younger...
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    Sorry about that, fixed!
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    Who Playtested This Anyway?

    The first playtests of Dungeons & Dragons were by Gary Gygax, his kids, and his friends. The industry has evolved considerably since then and playtesting along with it. A new playtesting methodology...
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    Sometimes, we plan things. :)

    Sometimes, we plan things. :)
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    Where Have All the Gamers Gone?

    The recent spat between TV host Bill Maher and fans of the late Stan Lee over comic books and their place in a "mature" society has raised a broader question: does being a gamer geek mean you don't...
  38. For years, I've looked for pre-painted...

    For years, I've looked for pre-painted froghemoths, behir, remorhaz, and wyverns (is it? looks like it but it's purple...) that weren't absurdly expensive. WizKids' new mini line scratches all those...
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    The Battle Continues Over "Childish Things"

    The recent kerfuffle between Bill Maher and comic fans mourning Stan Lee's passing has illustrated an ugly truth that geeks everywhere continue to face: geekdom is still viewed by some as a sign that...
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    Fixed!
  41. Right! To that point, it's really what the...

    Right! To that point, it's really what the motivation to have a "secure" virtual object is. As the examples I think illustrate, money is usually that factor -- which is where competitive play/esports...
  42. Blockchain and RPGs: When Fantasy Meets (Digital) Reality

    The advent of blockchain technology has effectively given the intangible real, permanent value. When it comes to fantasy games largely relegated to the imaginary realm, blockchain technology could...
  43. Wow, that got extreme quick! Please remember...

    Wow, that got extreme quick!

    Please remember our forum rules http://www.enworld.org/forum/misc.php?do=showrules and let's keep it civil.

    My grandma (RIP) would not be happy with where this...
  44. I'm not particularly fond of linear mechanics,...

    I'm not particularly fond of linear mechanics, and much of Bandersnatch's narrative is to obscure the fact that you have very little agency, there are indeed "wrong" choices (or at least, choices...
  45. Bandersnatch: A Movie About Player Character Agency

    Netflix recently released an installment of its Black Mirror series titled "Bandersnatch" about a young programmer who gets a big break coding a video game in the 80s. The twist is that he's actually...
  46. Crazed Gamers Celebrate 40 Years at Gen Con

    The National Association of Crazed Gamers (NASCRAG) will be celebrating its 40th anniversary of tournament play at Gen Con this year. NASCRAG's success is proof that competitive Dungeons & Dragons...
  47. Hi All, In the interest of helping Lew make...

    Hi All,

    In the interest of helping Lew make his entire point, I've added in his third installment to this article just so that it's presented together as a whole.

    I realize not every article...
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    Hobby Games: It Was a Very Good Year

    The hobby market continues to spiral upward year-after-year. Can the industry keep this up?



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    We have a few data points to indicate just how the hobby...
  49. Explore Grim and Perilous Worlds in Zweihänder

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    The Santa War: Army of the Immortals

    The author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, also created a backstory for Santa that involved a surprising amount of violence between demonic forces and fey immortals. This article...
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    The Santa War: Army of the Awgwas

    The author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, also created a backstory for Santa that involved a surprising amount of violence between demonic forces and fey immortals. This article...
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    The Nightmare Before ChristmOz

    Game Masters looking to run Christmas-themed one-shot games over the holidays need look no further than The Nightmare Before Christmas. Tim Burton's movie has become an iconic symbol of the holiday...
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    Your Top Gifts for RPG Players

    We asked and you answered: Here's the top gifts you recommended for the tabletop role-playing game players in your life.


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    Dice (44%)It's not surprising that dice is at the top of the...
  54. RPG Crowdfunding News 124: Art of De Architecturart, Folio Quarterly, Dragon d20 Dice, Emberwind, Mythic Mania 2, Adrift in the Dark, Uninvited Guests, and Adventure Omnibus

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  55. RPG Crowdfunding News 124: Art of De Architecturart, Folio Quarterly, Dragon d20 Dice, Emberwind, Mythic Mania 2, Adrift in the Dark, Uninvited Guests, and Adventure Omnibus

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  56. How I Escaped the Panic Room: A Broken Mind Review

    My wife recently surprised me with an escape room outing for my birthday. It gave me an appreciation for the basics of how escape rooms work and how they can be applied to tabletop role-play.

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    Your Most Popular Gift Ideas for GMs

    What should you buy your game master this holiday? We asked and you answered. Here's the top gift ideas you recommended and links to buy them.

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  58. This thread contains a poll. Poll of the Week: What's the Best Gift For a RPG Player?

    We heard about what you would buy a game master for the holidays, so now it's the player's turn!


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    I agree, which is why I wrote: Thanks for...

    I agree, which is why I wrote:



    Thanks for reading!
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    What's the Best Holiday to Game?

    With the Thanksgiving season upon us in the U.S. and many families getting together around a table, it's not too much of a leap that some of them might play a tabletop game after dinner. Which...
  61. This thread contains a poll. Poll of the Week: What's the best gift for your GM?

    The holidays are coming up so it's time to start thinking about what to buy your fellow gamers, especially the critically underappreciated game master in your life. But what to buy? Take this poll...
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    Here you go! 5th Edition...

    Here you go!


    5th Edition (Monster)
    4th Edition (Monster)
    Pathfinder (The Tome of Slenderotica)
    3.5 Edition (Class) and (Monster)
    2nd Edition (Monster)
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    Happy Hallowmeme: Slender Man

    Join us this October as we look into the horrifying meme-beasts that haunt the Internet and trace their roots back to literature and role-playing games. In this final installment we meet the most...
  64. Art & Arcana Review: Leveling Up with a Special Edition

    Art & Arcana is out today in both Standard ($50 MSRP) and Special ($150) Editions. Is the Special Edition worth the additional $100? Let’s find out!


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    Happy Hallowmeme: The Rake

    Join us this October as we look into the horrifying meme-beasts that haunt the Internet and trace their roots back to literature and role-playing games. In this installment we meet the Rake, a...
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    Happy Hallowmeme: Zalgo

    Join us this October as we look into the horrifying meme-beasts that haunt the Internet and trace their roots back to literature and role-playing games. In this installment we meet Zalgo, a being...
  67. My bad, I didn't catch this...fixed and thank you...

    My bad, I didn't catch this...fixed and thank you for pointing it out!
  68. Yep, error is totally mine -- I have the...

    Yep, error is totally mine -- I have the hardcover so I had to retype the quote. Fixed, thank you!
  69. Art & Arcana Review: A Sumptuous Feast for the Eyes

    As a long-time Dungeons & Dragons player, I sometimes take for granted just how much tabletop role-playing games elevated fantasy artwork. Whether it was on the cover of D&D boxed sets or in the...
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    I changed the picture to a vector version that's...

    I changed the picture to a vector version that's hopefully less terrifying.
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    Happy Hallowmeme: Momo

    Join us this October as we look into the horrifying meme-beasts that haunt the Internet and trace their roots back to literature and role-playing games. In this installment we meet Momo, a creepy...
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    Shootout at the D&D Corral

    Dungeons & Dragons has many influences, including European and American authors. Of the American influences, one genre is sometimes overlooked but just as critical: the Western.

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    The Adventure is Over

    The animated television series Adventure Time concluded last month after an eight year run and ten seasons. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including Dungeons & Dragons, creator...
  74. Some background on those people and that conflict...

    Some background on those people and that conflict if you're interested: http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?3006-Where-Has-the-Magic-Gone
  75. Will Your Town Be the Next Stop on the RPG Tour?

    Tabletop role-playing games have experienced a surge of interest thanks to the rise of online video, which makes the hobby much more accessible. But playing in-person is usually limited to finding...
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    The New EN World Columnist Program

    I wanted to give you an update on the EN World User-Generated Content program and how it's changed, as well as some staff updates. A lot of shuffling has happened behind the scenes, so we thought now...
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    Where Are All the Dungeon Masters?

    In light of the Labor Day celebrations happening in the U.S., now's a good time to look at the amount of effort tabletop role-playing takes. Is it holding the hobby back from a bigger audience?


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    D'oh, I know better, sorry about that and thank...

    D'oh, I know better, sorry about that and thank you for the catch. Link and reference fixed!
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    When Conan Punched Cthulhu

    Dungeons & Dragons has a multitude of gaming and literary influences, but two that stand out are H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and the sword-swinging barbarian character Conan by R.E. Howard. D&D...
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    D&D = American + European Fantasy

    Dungeons & Dragons draws on a rich mythology from the works of European authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and Michael Moorcock. And yet D&D was also influenced by American authors like Fritz Leiber, Jack...
  81. Unfortunately the way the tool currently works I...

    Unfortunately the way the tool currently works I publish the articles first and then edit them after they're published to the appropriate author. If I don't get to it right away, it can cause some...
  82. STL vs. Reality: The Highs & Lows of 3D Sculpts

    One of the interesting aspects of owning a 3D printer is that you come to appreciate the difference between a digital sculpt and its physical counterpart. Not all 3D sculpts are made for printing,...
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    When Dice Met Dungeon

    These days it's not uncommon for board games to include "adventure"-style elements that mimic tabletop role-playing games, including using dice as a resolution mechanic. But it wasn't always that...
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    Roll20 Weighs in on Esports

    You might recall that Roll20 (owned by the Orr Group), a popular online platform for role-playing games, also happens to own an esport team. I asked Nolan T. Jones, co-owner of the Orr Group, what he...
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    The Castlevania Chronicles – D&D Edition

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  86. DM's Guild Roundup: Wake the Leviathan, Summoner, and Modular Tile Set - Caverns

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    D&D: The Board Game?

    Dungeons & Dragons' classification has sometimes befuddled stores in how to place it on shelves. Is it a book? A game? A toy? Some settled on treating it as a board game. That's a classification...
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    When D&D Was a Toy

    Dungeons & Dragons is so popular these days that it tops best-selling book lists, but there was a time when D&D was viewed more as a toy than a book. So which is it?


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    An Army in the Dungeon

    Dungeons & Dragons' roots stretch all the way back to wargaming and it has a subtle influence on play that's sometimes forgotten today. Early D&D relied heavily on henchmen and hirelings, who often...
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    As a dad, I will gleefully use this as often as...

    As a dad, I will gleefully use this as often as possible! #thankyouforthedadjoke
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    There are plenty of games in poor taste in both...

    There are plenty of games in poor taste in both tabletop and video games, and to your point they just provide fodder for folks who are convinced the whole medium is "bad for kids." The problem is...
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    Games Are (Still) Not the Problem

    The latest hysteria over video games like Fortnite echoes the Satanic Panic over Dungeons & Dragons in the 80s. Some things never change.


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    Games Are (Still) Not the Problem

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    Gatekeeping, Edition Wars, and Fandom

    Role-playing games are not immune to the tribalism that is itself a symptom of the Internet bringing humanity together. Defining oneself by an allegiance to a topic and defending it from others has...
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    Well I WAS going to write an article titled...

    Well I WAS going to write an article titled "Nobody Cheats" but unfortunately we have data points (both research and surveys) to the contrary.
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    Everybody Cheats?

    Gary Alan Fine's early survey of role-playing games found that everybody cheated. But the definition of what cheating is when it applies to role-playing games differs from other uses of the term....
  97. I'm specifically referencing "A Star Wars Story"...

    I'm specifically referencing "A Star Wars Story" which is a different kind of movie from the main trilogies. So Last Jedi happened, but totally distinct from these new "side quests."

    EDIT: Two...
  98. Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?

    If you saw the two most recent "Star Wars Story" movies--Solo or Rogue One--a common refrain is that they feel like how Star Wars role-playing game sessions play out. The reason has a lot to do with...
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    We've rehashed professional DMs before, but the...

    We've rehashed professional DMs before, but the reason I bring it up is because there are adults out there who want to game badly enough that they're willing to pay for an in-person experience. I...
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    D&D: The New Poker?

    Dungeons & Dragons is more popular than ever before. As a result, D&D culture is starting to seep into other activities for grown-up gamers, including their professional lives. Is D&D now being used...
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