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  1. Stupid Question

    What rules are you using for character advancement? I looked online but see that they've taken the DnD Next playtest packed down. How do you know what abilities characters have as they advance for...
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    I used to struggle as well until I decided to go...

    I used to struggle as well until I decided to go all in and just used a mini saw. Strangely enough, much safer than using an razor.
  3. Thread: Names?

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    Names?

    I know it comes up every now and again, but what is everyone using for name resources these days?

    I remember way back in the day having a spiral bound product that had names broken up by races and...
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    Intense lower back pain going on two months now.

    Intense lower back pain going on two months now.
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    Until you move. ;)

    Until you move. ;)
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    High praise sir! Danks.

    High praise sir! Danks.
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    Didn't 4e cut down elf life span? Shouldn't he be...

    Didn't 4e cut down elf life span? Shouldn't he be doing... dead?
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    Thanks for the link BK. There is some great stuff...

    Thanks for the link BK. There is some great stuff there.
  9. Yes! The imperical proof is there!

    Yes! The imperical proof is there!
  10. Hell, what I disagree with is the basic premesis...

    Hell, what I disagree with is the basic premesis that if only us RPGers could all get along the hobby would suddenly bash through WoW and other time intensive activites to reclaim it's glory of thep...
  11. How easy to change and make apply to almost...

    How easy to change and make apply to almost anything.
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    How does this look? I'm far from a mastery of the...

    How does this look? I'm far from a mastery of the old trade with 4e characters.

    ====== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ======
    Adoben Wyvernjack of the Dusk, level 8...
  13. Because time is a finite resource and people are...

    Because time is a finite resource and people are attracted to the press of the boardgames and the ease of access to WoW.
  14. Yawn. the hobby will never grow yadda yadda...

    Yawn.

    the hobby will never grow yadda yadda yadda.

    Let's ignore WoW, resurgance of board games, and you know, reality, and blame it on the behavior that you see in any area where people have...
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    It kinda reminds me of the old Marshal from the...

    It kinda reminds me of the old Marshal from the Miniatures Handbook. I had one as a NPC under a player who was a Noble (from Green Ronin's excellent line of books) and it worked well. Never saw a...
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    I'm currently playing a fighter with fullblade. ...

    I'm currently playing a fighter with fullblade.

    We also have a swordmage.

    and a paladin.

    and another fighter with sword and shield.

    It's one of the reasons I thought... hmmm.... warlord.
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    Fantasy Flight had a few mini adventurers where...

    Fantasy Flight had a few mini adventurers where when the PC's get to town, it's on.

    In one of them, an avatar of a death god essentailly wiped out the town with his heavily armed and armored...
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    Favorite Warlord Moments?

    In the game I'm playing in, we have way too many defenders and not enough leaders. I'm thinking about retiring my fighter and running a warlord.

    What is the cool of the warlord? What favorite...
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    Healing from near death experience is an obscrue...

    Healing from near death experience is an obscrue rule? Learn something new every day.
  20. This thread contains a poll. As a player, I try to bring the following: 1....

    As a player, I try to bring the following:

    1. Character. I'm always surprised when people try to bull :):):):) their way out of what their character has an can do.

    2. Scratch Paper.

    3. Pen
    ...
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    Nah, I let my friends who were on a nostalgia...

    Nah, I let my friends who were on a nostalgia trip do that and after they all essentially died at about 5th level they decided to check out some other game systems.

    Mind you a lot of us like games...
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    The real question is what would Mirt the...

    The real question is what would Mirt the Moneylender have to say about all this?
    ...
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    And let's not forget the strength penalties for...

    And let's not forget the strength penalties for woman.

    Or the movement penalties for short people.

    Or the various bonuses and penalties for peoples of various ethniticies.
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    Jack Vance Dying Sun no?

    Jack Vance Dying Sun no?
  25. Can't believe I missed those. I too remember...

    Can't believe I missed those. I too remember wondering what was going on.

    It's also funny to look back and see the HUGE strides Quesada made as an artist given this is some of his earlier work.
  26. FR at least got to end in a semi-logical way with...

    FR at least got to end in a semi-logical way with #25. Some good stuff there. Poor old SPelljammer... thel ast issue I have is 13 which I believe is the end of the series no?
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    Not quite ye old Dungeon boardgame, but seems to...

    Not quite ye old Dungeon boardgame, but seems to be taking the same steps in terms of tiles, miniatures, and a good number of players with what sounds like some repeatable game play.

    Good news.
  28. Disagree. A jerk is a jerk. Something to work...

    Disagree. A jerk is a jerk. Something to work with assumes you're not working with... a jerk. A jerk doesn't give you something to work with because the very fact that they're a jerk is indication of...
  29. Player's Job? Know the rules. This can be as...

    Player's Job?

    Know the rules. This can be as simple or as complicated as you want to take it but at the very least, the player should be able to run his own character without having to ask someone...
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    I had a 40% coupon for Borders and decided to...

    I had a 40% coupon for Borders and decided to pick it up after working 20 hours of OT this week and missing my standard game.

    I like that it doesn't appear to take itself too seriously. It looks...
  31. Didn't know if you'd read all four books because...

    Didn't know if you'd read all four books because there is a change/shift in tome between the first two books and the last two.
  32. Check out Imaro by Charles Saunders. First two...

    Check out Imaro by Charles Saunders. First two books are very sword and sordery feel and move up into epic in the last two. Fantasy africa essentially but fantasy Africa via Sword and sorcery as...
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    Very intelligent for WoTC to realize they can't...

    Very intelligent for WoTC to realize they can't hope to rely on those who've been playing the game for 20+ years for every edition.

    They need to occassionally brush off the grime and continue to...
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    All the time. Moving, change of work schedule,...

    All the time.

    Moving, change of work schedule, etc... can all make it so that it's difficult to game.

    The group changing games to a system I'm not interested in. etc...
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    The blog I use, I think blogger?, lets you do the...

    The blog I use, I think blogger?, lets you do the follow thing and then I can see what other people are following and that works pretty well for me. I also try to keep an eye on different people on...
  36. Rolemaster Classic: I know it gets a lot of flak...

    Rolemaster Classic: I know it gets a lot of flak for its high leathality and charts but it can be a very fun system and if the players actually know what they're doing and how leathal combat is, it...
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    Appendix N (http://modernappendixn.blogspot.com/)...

    Appendix N

    Heck, I use it to see quick updates from other blogs that I've got linked ranging from comic and fiction writers to OSR and 4e goods.
  38. This thread contains a poll. The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells...

    The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells

    Excellent book that covers this topic with a 'speaker of the dead' in the fashion that Necromancers were often portrayed back in the old days.
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    I've never bought that arguement that our hobby...

    I've never bought that arguement that our hobby isn't a cheap buy in. I had an Atari 2600. That wasn't a cheap buy in. And buddy, you could only play with that one button joystick so long before it...
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    You could also just... congrat the person or not...

    You could also just... congrat the person or not posts at all. Many options.
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    I'm surprised. The differences between 1st and...

    I'm surprised. The differences between 1st and 2nd ed were... minimal.

    Now if you're talking the proto-AD&D groaners...
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    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
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    I think this is again where WoTC failed in that...

    I think this is again where WoTC failed in that they didn't provide a core setting that was continuously supported with a lot of printed adventurers.

    Older editions had a ton of adventurers and...
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    Pulp Cthulhu? Runs and ducks.

    Pulp Cthulhu?

    Runs and ducks.
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    I've often thought of getting rid of my Priest...

    I've often thought of getting rid of my Priest Spell Compendium and Encylopedia Magica, etc... but haven't yet...
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    Rolemaster is on version ? There was...

    Rolemaster is on version ?

    There was Rolemaster.

    Then Rolemaster RMSS

    Then Red Rolemaster RMSS

    Then classic Rolemaster.
  47. but video did CHANGE the radio star. It's much...

    but video did CHANGE the radio star. It's much harder to be fat and ugly with video out these days.

    If someone's using the DDI and has some abilities that are errata'd and points out that other...
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    I hope they seriously kick up the art. 1st ed had...

    I hope they seriously kick up the art. 1st ed had some of the best looking super hero RPG books period. The second ed art was all over the place from awesome to that shouldn't be there.
  49. Will Constant Errata Kill the Essential Line?

    With the last batch of errata hitting recently, it made me wonder about the viability of the printed books, especially the 'core' books being reprinted.

    Is it possible that those who already own...
  50. Thread: D&D + CoC

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    This is very important to note. Robert E. Howard...

    This is very important to note. Robert E. Howard wrote several genres of horror and match ups with historical and Cthulhu and his style of writing isn't to sit in the corner silently weeping for lost...
  51. agreed. It's mostly advertising material anyway.

    agreed. It's mostly advertising material anyway.
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    Go with modern head lines. Churches that...

    Go with modern head lines.

    Churches that preach piousness hiding hideous truths about what their priests do to children.

    Politicians and nobles who vow to hunt down those who persue a certain...
  53. This thread contains a poll. Didn't vote as I have the 'it depends.' I have...

    Didn't vote as I have the 'it depends.'

    I have friends I've known since high school that I occassionally game with as well as people I game with at mini-conventions or at other friend's games.
    ...
  54. For example, in Shackled City, the players can...

    For example, in Shackled City, the players can ally themselves with the magic provider of the city and earn discounts on the magic items they purchase.
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    There is an old TSR book, Night Watch, in...

    There is an old TSR book, Night Watch, in Greyhawk City, that's actually pretty good. Main character is essentially a police officer. Hunt it down.
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    Book Shelf Recommendations?

    I recently moved. Lost a few bookshelves. Time had taken its toll on them. Tall ones. Part of the reason for my recent rant against WoTC not having some type of electronic book.

    Anyway, as I'm...
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    the thing I'd be real curious in terms of...

    the thing I'd be real curious in terms of 'classic' is how many people have actually started D&D with 4th edition.
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    Interesting theory. I think that would be too...

    Interesting theory. I think that would be too commonsense for WoTC.

    I'd love to be proven wrong on this though.

    My question here though, is because I'm iPad ignorant, is can you view that...
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    I can appreciate WoTC wanting to have some type...

    I can appreciate WoTC wanting to have some type of control over the material but in the time its been ongoing, the older material could still have been made available. As the boxes reach unto the...
  60. YouTube - Isaac Hayes - Theme from "Shaft"

    YouTube - Isaac Hayes - Theme from "Shaft"
  61. If what you are saying is that starting...

    If what you are saying is that starting characters are leaving a mundane existance behind then I am disagreeing you.

    If you are saying starting characters in your campaign are doing so, no...
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    Go one step further and make it the Sheen. Bruce...

    Go one step further and make it the Sheen. Bruce Cordel's peak into fantasy technology was pretty spiffy and had a whole slew of campaign seeds that you could use (and hopefully update to 4e).
  63. But I'm talking about Shaft.

    But I'm talking about Shaft.
  64. Perhaps but that might be because it's a popular...

    Perhaps but that might be because it's a popular device in fiction ranging from good old Superman whose parents were often depicted as farmers to those in fantasy fiction who were kitchen boys.
    ...
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    Hell, I've got 20 long sleeve boxes of comics...

    Hell, I've got 20 long sleeve boxes of comics too. If DC had something like Marvle, I wouldn't have much of a decesion. I'd gladly cough up the money.

    Hell, make the old books part of the DDI....
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    It's one of the main reasons why Paizo continues...

    It's one of the main reasons why Paizo continues to get my money.
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    Ravenloft, Dragonlance, and let's not forget...

    Ravenloft, Dragonlance, and let's not forget Gamma World.

    I don't count that as 'friendly' as opposed to licensed work though. After all, it's not like they let them keep going with the material...
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    Anything from Pagan Publishing. They is like gold...

    Anything from Pagan Publishing. They is like gold to the Mythos.
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    I'm gonna go way against the grain here and go...

    I'm gonna go way against the grain here and go m'eh.

    If something is actually done, great.

    If not, in the 30 or so years this has been talked about, I've played a few official version...
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    Well here's my own personal take. The next time I...

    Well here's my own personal take. The next time I move, if WoTC hasn't announced some sort of digital initiative that enables me to get my books in digital format, I'll be cutting the spines out of...
  71. So the people who can cast magic, especially the...

    So the people who can cast magic, especially the cleric who has a tie to the gods, are from the 'mundane' world?

    Gotcha.

    But I suppose it's kinda standard to think about the half-orc assassin...
  72. Tell me about the farmer clerics and mages eh? ...

    Tell me about the farmer clerics and mages eh?

    I notice a LOT of people tend to confuse that whole farmer brown thing with every possible starting character as opposed to say, the fighter and...
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    Right. I guess I was misreading your saying that...

    Right. I guess I was misreading your saying that the OGL itself was promoting the 'open environment as opposed to Paizo going well beyond anything required in that field and standing up and kicking...
  74. But a lot of Sword and Sorcery is full of bad...

    But a lot of Sword and Sorcery is full of bad DMing too.

    The heroes get knocked out. "And then things grew dark and I knew no more."

    They get saved. "Thank god you showed up and knocked out the...
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    They used something in th Mistborn trilogy as...

    They used something in th Mistborn trilogy as well in terms of 'metals'.
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    I'm going to completely disagree because they've...

    I'm going to completely disagree because they've put them on the front page of their own store which is not something even remotely required. They've also talked about how useful they were. They talk...
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    Has WoTC announced any ebooks yet?

    Ater the whole taking down of PDFs I remember WoTC talking about some digital initiatives, selling the fiction line through various ebooks etc...

    Has there been any progress made on that front?...
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    Paizo is indeed doing some good stuff with their...

    Paizo is indeed doing some good stuff with their various 3pp partners. The paper models for example are a top notch idea.
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    Can't argue personal preference. Part of...

    Can't argue personal preference.




    Part of it was being burnt. Part of it, the larger part probably, is that most people prefer official content to begin with. If they didn't, as I mentioned...
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    Role Aids, Arduin, and of course the good old...

    Role Aids, Arduin, and of course the good old Judges Guild. Some solid stuff there.

    But in the whole 3pp selling more than WoTC... it just wasn't happening. If it was, we wouldn't be playing...
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    And I guess if we're counting only internet...

    And I guess if we're counting only internet e-books, nothing wrong with 'em, love 'em, outside of Paizo and Goodman, there really weren't ANY 3PP being published. White Wolf took a massive beating,...
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    Solid adventurers with some sand box style...

    Solid adventurers with some sand box style elements that can be tied together but aren't necessarily done so along with some general support books on the setting.

    I'm simple that way.

    If we're...
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    So when WoTC products were the only ones you...

    So when WoTC products were the only ones you could buy in the store, the size of WoTC pie didn't grow? When GR decided, "We're not going to print the Advanced Race or Advance Class compendium because...
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    And yet most heavy supports of D&D 3.5 stopped...

    And yet most heavy supports of D&D 3.5 stopped because people stopped buying.
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    You're the opposite of most GMs and players. Most...

    You're the opposite of most GMs and players. Most went with official WoTC material after the 3.5 switch thanks to being burned by companies like Mongoose so often.
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    Necromancer Games? (ducks) How about won't be...

    Necromancer Games? (ducks)

    How about won't be d20 companies? Atlas was in it's own field long before d20 but managed to put out some fantastic material including Nyambe.

    Oh... how about...
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    I'm a sucker for maps.

    I'm a sucker for maps.
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    Bad example with GURPS. GURPS is down because...

    Bad example with GURPS.

    GURPS is down because SJG publishes the stuff that makes them money. RPGs aren't in the top field of that but rather the old Munchkin material. They've been pretty open...
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    AND.... let's not forget the huge AND here, were...

    AND.... let's not forget the huge AND here, were responsible for Dungeon and Dragon magazine and were able to, thanks in no small part of that history of careful caretaking, including some massive...
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    So since we now know what happened to Necromancer...

    So since we now know what happened to Necromancer Games and the thread has started to veer off into various subjects that have nothing to do with the original, is it time to be shut down?
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    Chances of Green Ronin and Paizo doing product...

    Chances of Green Ronin and Paizo doing product for 4e regardless of the GLS aren't 100% thought. GR learned a huge lesson with 3.5 and Paizo learned about license changes with the yanking of...
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    And which recent D&D releases from WoTC have done...

    And which recent D&D releases from WoTC have done that? If you were comparing edition change to this book, which is not a core book but a support book, you're making the wrong comparission. Try again.
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    Flip matts are small and affordable enough that...

    Flip matts are small and affordable enough that I've got them all and use them here and there. Fun stuff.
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    I'm trying not to beat a dead horse here but can...

    I'm trying not to beat a dead horse here but can you name some of these 'many purposes'?

    The only purpose I've seen so far is that it matches one official version of his size in one version of the...
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    Well that reply, just to me mind you, indicates...

    Well that reply, just to me mind you, indicates that it's actually the price tag because 'the Dungeons and Dragons game" you're playing, isn't set in godly stone and requires you to use only a very...
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    1. Quality control. This isn't necessarily...

    1. Quality control. This isn't necessarily getting the best paint job or necessarily the best sculpt but making sure that figures are of at least a similiar quality to each other and that SCALE is...
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    Right. and in the imaginary game we play, it's...

    Right. and in the imaginary game we play, it's impossible to go, "Yeah guys, Orcus is this big" and slam the mini out on the table? I will NEVER be that confined to any edition that it stops me from...
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    No, the real problem is that WoTC needs to stop...

    No, the real problem is that WoTC needs to stop focusing on crunch material and start focusing on settings and modules. Less crunch = less reliance on the DDI and more people.... playing and talking...
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    That's an interesting perspective. One of the...

    That's an interesting perspective. One of the greatest powers in virtually any edition of the game has to conform to its printed stats exactly in terms of size or its a no-sale?

    I can see bashing...
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    From my arm chair perspective... Clark...

    From my arm chair perspective...

    Clark completely misread the market.

    There was a partnership with Paizo that well, essentially has produced nothing. A partnership. No advance look at public...
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