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  1. OSR games tend to fit the expected playstyle...

    OSR games tend to fit the expected playstyle better than more modern games: fighters fight, clerics back them up, and keep the team going, thieves are sneaky, and magic-users drop fireballs. A...
  2. This thread contains a poll. If it's not real time with pause (like its...

    If it's not real time with pause (like its predecessors), I'll probably skip it.
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    (quote abbeviated for space) You are too right. ...

    (quote abbeviated for space) You are too right. I will say, 5e gives a VERY enjoyable gaming experience. That consistency however is it's weak point. It gets rid of the lows, but also the highs,...
  4. That font is called Souvenir; you're right-it's...

    That font is called Souvenir; you're right-it's awesome. I found it a few years ago when I was going to create my own file for the 5e basic rules.
  5. Rules aside, my favorite edition is the 70's...

    Rules aside, my favorite edition is the 70's iteration of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons up through the release of Unearthed Arcana. I love the art, I love the writing, I even love the font. Playing...
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    Thanks...looks like a good replacement for level...

    Thanks...looks like a good replacement for level limits.
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    What buffs did you give humans?

    What buffs did you give humans?
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    This thread contains a poll. Let's consider however, that lack of proficiency...

    Let's consider however, that lack of proficiency doesn't necessarily mean lack of skill or training, just that only has "basic" skill (ie, they only roll with their stat, which represents general...
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    The way I do it, it is.

    The way I do it, it is.
  10. Speaking for myself, every edition of D&D has its...

    Speaking for myself, every edition of D&D has its strong points, and depending on what I'm interested in, every one has its charms. But the ones that get my motor running are 1st edition AD&D and...
  11. This is a common mistake, and understandable. I...

    This is a common mistake, and understandable. I know a lot of 1st edition games that played exactly thus. That impression has led to a whole host of players moving to skill based systems over the...
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    Couple points: 1) The guards are not necessarily...

    Couple points: 1) The guards are not necessarily the same effort, individually, as Dirk, but they could be the same effort in a group, or, even if they were less effort--they should be some effort,...
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    Because the extra detail is fun! Sometimes you...

    Because the extra detail is fun!

    Sometimes you just want to resolve the quick fight with the guards in a few rolls; other times, like in the climactic duel with Dirk the Dastard, one wants to dive...
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    Hmmm... I will admit to wanting to have my...

    Hmmm...

    I will admit to wanting to have my cake and eat it too. I desire a system that allows me to ramp up, or ramp down the system complexity to suit the needs of my game or encounter, at that...
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    Live action television would work...Xena and...

    Live action television would work...Xena and Hercules made it work two decades ago. They're not even a bad formula to use. A couple adventurers wander around and help people in trouble. Each week...
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    This is one of those topics that always cause me...

    This is one of those topics that always cause me to wonder, "what does this person mean by underpowered?"

    Some people like the challenge of taking an apparently underpowered choice, and through...
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    What I've done in the past is just run it, let...

    What I've done in the past is just run it, let them engage at the level that they want and are able to. Kids are far more intelligent than we give them credit for being, and it's better to give them...
  18. It's not really about "ease" of encounters...but...

    It's not really about "ease" of encounters...but speed and expected outcome; for instance in a bog standard mid level 5e game, fireball isn't a bad news explosive bomb that ends encounters, and...
  19. This thread contains a poll. Eliminate all but humans.

    Eliminate all but humans.
  20. Great idea! (and I like 2e's initiative...

    Great idea! (and I like 2e's initiative rules)--by which I mean, making 5e a bit more old school; not upgrading from 2e.

    I think one of the best things you can do is cut monster hit points by...
  21. Thanks; that's exactly what I wanted to know. ...

    Thanks; that's exactly what I wanted to know. The thing that has me most interested is the early art up through, say 1981. I've got a complete collection of the D&D artbooks that came out in the...
  22. What percentage of the book is dedicated to WOTC...

    What percentage of the book is dedicated to WOTC art versus TSR art?
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    So...how many things does this break? It...

    So...how many things does this break?

    It doesn't exactly break shield master--it's still useful to knock someone down for everyone else's sake, even if it's much less useful for the shield master...
  24. Alexander, Lloyd 23 Bulfinch, Thomas 21 Cook,...

    Alexander, Lloyd 23
    Bulfinch, Thomas 21
    Cook, Glen 21+1=22
    Jemisin, N.K. 21-2=19
    Kay, Guy Gavriel 23
    LeGuin, Ursula 24
    Lynch, Scott 21
    McKillip, Patricia 23
    Peake, Mervyn 18
    Pratchett,...
  25. Thread: New Survey

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    If these survey questions are any indication,...

    If these survey questions are any indication, WOTC really hates my money.
  26. Aranea were cool. I'm a big fan of the...

    Aranea were cool.

    I'm a big fan of the Tarantella.
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    That makes a lot more sense--the idea that it...

    That makes a lot more sense--the idea that it promoted communication was the part that broke my brain a little.

    Still think it's a bad idea--but glad we see eye to eye that this is not a...
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    Pretty much any time someone begins a response...

    Pretty much any time someone begins a response with "So you're saying" or "So you're okay with", what follows is almost universally an attempt to twist a persons words into a straw man that's easier...
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    If that is the case, it is the most obtuse,...

    If that is the case, it is the most obtuse, backwards logic I have ever heard since the last time I watched a congressional debate. Providing someone with nonnegotiable power to stop something...
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    What's to get? Why would I want to hold a groups...

    What's to get? Why would I want to hold a groups fun hostage to one person?
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    I almost didn't post anything, but in a lot of...

    I almost didn't post anything, but in a lot of cases, these kinds of ideas go without any kind of serious pushback because the people who don't like the ideas are afraid of the kind of outrage that...
  32. Thread: Basic D&D

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    Starting a new game tomorrow...

    <raises hand> Starting a new game tomorrow evening, using B/X (ie the best ruleset).
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    I'll have to check the B/XFRP out. I wouldn't...

    I'll have to check the B/XFRP out.

    I wouldn't even consider rolling "5 or 6 instead of 1 or 2" to be a change; it's still a 2 in 6 chance. You could roll a d12 and count 9 through 12; or roll...
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    Honestly I'm not a big fan of most of the...

    Honestly I'm not a big fan of most of the retroclones. I'd rather just kit bash something together from the original rules.

    The thing about retroclones is, everybody has something they don't...
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    Seems like most of the 0ed love goes to...

    Seems like most of the 0ed love goes to retroclones. My particular ambrosia is Erol Otus cover B/X and AD&D, but from a historical perspective I love to talk about everything pre-2nd edition, so...
  36. Apologies if it's already been mentioned, but are...

    Apologies if it's already been mentioned, but are these just new covers or is there also new interior art?
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    I did a search...it seems there was something...

    I did a search...it seems there was something with a Kickstarter?

    The thing is...provenance of the information aside, it's largely accurate based on everything I have read and what I remember from...
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    What did he do?

    What did he do?
  39. Is Vox mainstream though? I thought it was just...

    Is Vox mainstream though? I thought it was just something to make fun of on Twitter.
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    The first part of assumption 1 conflicts with the...

    The first part of assumption 1 conflicts with the second part of assumption 1. Feats are not cruch. They are anti crunch. They're a way to portioning out interesting combat options to a handful of...
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    I find player's hp ranges to be okay. I find...

    I find player's hp ranges to be okay. I find monster hit points to be about a third to twice as many as I would prefer. Monsters being big bags of hit points is one of the major causes of the...
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    Baldur's Gate 9 Blackmoor 13 City of Brass 11...

    Baldur's Gate 9
    Blackmoor 13
    City of Brass 11
    City State of the Invincible Overlord 8
    Free City of Greyhawk 12
    Lankhmar 8
    Sharn 12
    Sigil 10
  43. Barbarians are, by their very nature, interesting.

    Barbarians are, by their very nature, interesting.
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    Get rid of rapier Get rid of "full plate" ...

    Get rid of rapier

    Get rid of "full plate"

    Make "plate mail" a thing again,

    and take D&D back to the 14th Century!
  45. Hard to sum up briefly, but the SIEGE engine is...

    Hard to sum up briefly, but the SIEGE engine is the "core mechanic" of C&C. It's basically the D20 vs DC, but arrived at differently.

    Everything is an ability check, with a difficulty modifier of...
  46. Can't believe I forgot it...but it's so big it...

    Can't believe I forgot it...but it's so big it deserves its own post instead of a stealth edit:

    Castles & Crusades: The SIEGE Engine.
  47. D&D--searching takes 10 minutes per 10' square...

    D&D--searching takes 10 minutes per 10' square searched. It's even worse when the DM doesn't know the rules (most of them) that players have a 1 in 6 chance (2 in 6 chance for dwarves) of detecting...
  48. He's very careful in what he says...he says a...

    He's very careful in what he says...he says a majority of players don't USE feats, not that they don't play in games that allow feats. He's using the fact that lots of builds don't revolve around...
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    As an archetype, the religious zealot is pretty...

    As an archetype, the religious zealot is pretty much the opposite of what I consider, "a good time". That sort of archetype is the kind of thing I come up with as madman cultists...not jolly, fun...
  50. an adventurer subclass that eliminates the short...

    an adventurer subclass that eliminates the short rest dependence of the fighter (I can think of a few different ways to flavor it, but I would prefer something like a "adventurer" or "mercenary"--a...
  51. Anyone else find it interesting that Drizzt's...

    Anyone else find it interesting that Drizzt's "look" has so solidified over the past couple decades? Going back to his depictions in the 80's and 90's, his look, his clothing, his weapons...
  52. Let us know how it plays out, if it gives you the...

    Let us know how it plays out, if it gives you the feeling of "low fantasy" you're looking for. Got some interesting ideas there.
  53. Not a fan of current trends in fantasy book cover...

    Not a fan of current trends in fantasy book cover art, but it's arright. I'm two or three series behind on the Drizzt saga, but kind of interested to see where it's going in the 5e age, when WOTC...
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    This thread contains a poll. It means I'm probably going to get a headache...

    It means I'm probably going to get a headache from rolling my eyes.
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    Even more basic. Change the combat rules. ...

    Even more basic. Change the combat rules.

    Take all those juicy special maneuvers in the feats section and make them combat options.

    Then make the fighter the best at doing them.

    Then figure...
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    The thing about weapon proficiency in early...

    The thing about weapon proficiency in early editions was it was a suspenders and belt issue. Differing combat ability was already baked into the combat matrices (or THAC0 if you've forgotten what...
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    What most others have said. Players play rogues...

    What most others have said. Players play rogues to do the improbable with ease. They're supposed to auto succeed at most skill checks, just like the barbarian is supposed to auto succeed at most...
  58. I already find 5e monsters to be big boring bags...

    I already find 5e monsters to be big boring bags of hit points. Why would I want to make that problem even worse?

    The 6 to 8 encounter "work day" is boring and you should scrap it. Quit trying to...
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    one good move to get a more sword & sorcery feel...

    one good move to get a more sword & sorcery feel to your game. Stop calling your campaign "Greyhawk" or "Forgotten Realms" or whatever else.

    Name it after your characters.

    Call it the...
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    I'm not in agreement with the designers' take on...

    I'm not in agreement with the designers' take on the division between "high fantasy" and "sword & sorcery" (just like I've never understood their claim that Eberron is "pulp"). Ultimately it's not...
  61. I've done a lot of different ways of doing...

    I've done a lot of different ways of doing backstories over the years. Now I just say...a player can have as much back story as they want, and I promise not to pay attention to it.
  62. Yeah, my tongue was pretty far over in my cheek...

    Yeah, my tongue was pretty far over in my cheek about WEG's truly excellent D6 system. But one of the things I like is that there's a disconnect between the numbers, and what those numbers have to...
  63. So you want to play D6 Fantasy then?

    So you want to play D6 Fantasy then?
  64. Another option...since d20 already knocked...

    Another option...since d20 already knocked Rolemaster down and took its stuff, rifle around in its pockets and get the rule they missed alongside the pocket lint and leftover chewing gum...

    As DM,...
  65. Easy fix. Only use stats for attribute checks,...

    Easy fix. Only use stats for attribute checks, and for everything else--class based abilities, attack bonuses, and spell DC's; just use a +3 bonus at 1st level, upgraded to +4 at 4th Level, and +5 at...
  66. This thread contains a poll. At this point I'm inclined to just let players...

    At this point I'm inclined to just let players have the stats they want...with the understanding that they can't take a stat they couldnt' but buy in point buy. Does this mean that a player could...
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    This thread contains a poll. I picked Barbarian, but I think I'm gonna opt for...

    I picked Barbarian, but I think I'm gonna opt for Swashbuckler rogue. Because resource management...feh.

    Because sometimes I'm Fafhrd and sometimes I'm the Gray Mouser.
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    This thread contains a poll. That's a tendentious definition and not one I...

    That's a tendentious definition and not one I would agree with. Level has always referred to experience. Experience can equate to prowess...prowess being defined here as fighting ability, though I...
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    This thread contains a poll. You're absolutely right; in fact, his physical...

    You're absolutely right; in fact, his physical prowess might even be greater in the Tower of the Elephant, he is, after all, a young wastelander at the time and not a king, but his experience, his...
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    This thread contains a poll. Conan grew from a punk kid to the king of...

    Conan grew from a punk kid to the king of Aquilonia. In Tower of the Elephant, he's pretty much nothing but really good stats and attitude. Fafhrd was a high tenor mama's boy. The Gray Mouser was a...
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    I'm really more into old edition D&D these days,...

    I'm really more into old edition D&D these days, and thought of one...

    Max hit points; I'm not saying I'd quit over it, but it would be a contributing factor. If I wanted ineffectual evocation...
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    This thread contains a poll. And yet, it's repeated, in several places that...

    And yet, it's repeated, in several places that the dwarves aren't up to fighting the Dragon, but a human Hero would be. And, in Fellowship, both Aragorn and Boromir are called on to perform feats of...
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    This thread contains a poll. I can't even link it to Bombadil. He doesn't use...

    I can't even link it to Bombadil. He doesn't use Holy light to banish the wights. He lets the sun in. Besides, it's his songs that transmit his power in the books. Never mind that clerics in D&D...
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    This thread contains a poll. Yes, the party of dwarves and hobbit kind of...

    Yes, the party of dwarves and hobbit kind of look, if you squint sideways, like an adventuring party. But it's not like group of interesting characters going on a quest is unique to that book.
    ...
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    This thread contains a poll. Yes, the dates fit much better that he could have...

    Yes, the dates fit much better that he could have read it. But is The Hobbit really what we're talking about here. Even if Gygax first read the Hobbit as a child (entirely possible), and it sparked...
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    I find myself in agreement with the way...

    I find myself in agreement with the way Ilbranteloth does things. Not every character class has to represent a "job" somebody can have in the D&D universe. We don't need Orders of Paladins to have...
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    This thread contains a poll. Gygax could have said that Lord of the Rings was...

    Gygax could have said that Lord of the Rings was formative to his reading, but I don't see how. He was born in 1938. The Lord of the Rings was not published until the mid-50's.

    And worse, Gygax...
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    This thread contains a poll. And strangely enough, the Type VI demon has...

    And strangely enough, the Type VI demon has really low hit dice compared to his underlings. Not so fearsome after all!
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    I'd say the biggest modern influence on 5e is...

    I'd say the biggest modern influence on 5e is gaming itself. Game design is less a discussion about emulating an outside medium (fantasy literature) and more about emulating the emergent elements of...
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    This thread contains a poll. A 1e orc with 8 hit points (max for it's hit die)...

    A 1e orc with 8 hit points (max for it's hit die) would be considered powerful. Most orcs would have 4 or 5 hit points. Still enough to have a 50/50 shot at surviving the first sword blow, but not...
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    This thread contains a poll. My gosh, I just came back because I remembered I...

    My gosh, I just came back because I remembered I forgot to mention Burroughs. Heck, the very name "Fighting Man", the term one handed "longsword", white apes, pretty much the entire idea of second...
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    This thread contains a poll. D&D would still have dwarves and elves, though...

    D&D would still have dwarves and elves, though dwarves might be written dwarfs. While D&D dwarves look a lot like Tolkien's dwarves, that's because both draw from the same well...Northern European...
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    This thread contains a poll. Honestly, the more one reads the earlier,...

    Honestly, the more one reads the earlier, pre-Tolkien pastiche explosion fantasy, the less Tolkien feels like the progenitor of D&D. And that's the best part of these discussions, it gives us the...
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    All nonhuman campaigns. 3e/PF games with all...

    All nonhuman campaigns.

    3e/PF games with all the dials turned to the right. I want to spend more time playing than building by character, or be told, I can't do this or that cool thing, because...
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    According this interview with Tim Kask, the...

    According this interview with Tim Kask, the "landshark" name did come from SNL, the design from the toy, and their diet from a need to threaten adventurers horses.
    ...
  86. I'm a little confused...he mentions three...

    I'm a little confused...he mentions three characters who are about as different as it's possible to be from each other, and then says this one class can represent all three.

    But it doesn't have...
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    The Regdar thing isn't to anyone's credit. It...

    The Regdar thing isn't to anyone's credit. It was plain insulting.
  88. This thread contains a poll. In 1e, Charisma was the God stat. Who cares that...

    In 1e, Charisma was the God stat. Who cares that Strength let you add 3 to your damage, when charisma let you go into a dungeon with 8 other dudes who would die for you!
  89. I would like that, however I don't know if that...

    I would like that, however I don't know if that would really be enough for most people who feel the fighter class doesn't stand out outside of combat (Personally I don't think the fighter stands out...
  90. The name Fighter only exists because it became...

    The name Fighter only exists because it became declasse to call him a fighting man. It has no place, no story.

    So change his name...call him a Warrior.

    Now ask yourself, what should warriors...
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    This thread contains a poll. Not since the early marketing. I didn't have...

    Not since the early marketing. I didn't have time to engage in the beta test. If they're promising to delivery an open ended, really house rule friendly product...like, I mean importing Rolemaster...
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    This thread contains a poll. The biggest problem with digital tools is it...

    The biggest problem with digital tools is it encourages "by the book" gameplaying.

    Assuming the system was really house rule friendly, I could definitely see it. But since I like to hack and...
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    was just coming here to post that link. It's...

    was just coming here to post that link. It's some great background information.
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    This thread contains a poll. Not really concerned about Tolkien; D&D isn't...

    Not really concerned about Tolkien; D&D isn't LOTR, it's Howard, Leiber, de Camp and Pratt, Anderson, and Vance. (insert caveat that D&D is really about whatever you want it to be...and the more your...
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    Saw this first on my phone and thought I was...

    Saw this first on my phone and thought I was giving XP...but apparently I "laughed". No disrespect intended; I meant to XP. This is awesome, and I will check your Barsoom rules out. Glad to hear...
  96. More and more I'm leaning to just letting the...

    More and more I'm leaning to just letting the PC's have whatever stats they want what fits their characters. Even all 18's doesn't really skew the challenge all that much.
  97. This reminds me of Marvel's Earth X stories, or...

    This reminds me of Marvel's Earth X stories, or Steven King's Dark Tower series; big involved, stories that involve deep knowledge of previous canon. That's not a bad thing, and thanks to their...
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    Apologies...double post.

    Apologies...double post.
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    This is a great topic; and an interesting tension...

    This is a great topic; and an interesting tension whether to recommend thing you like, or things that you think will improve one's understanding or be applicable to your D&D game?

    For direct...
  100. There was a bit of discomfort for kids like me in...

    There was a bit of discomfort for kids like me in that, thanks to the Satanic Panic, both D&D and Metal started attracting people who were interested in actual Satanism. Fortunately they were...
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