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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
    Historically, editions have changed with design teams. Whoever makes 6E, it will be the designers coming up after Mearls and Crawford, etc.
    I dunno, that seems like a hell of a dice to roll? Better to ask the current designers to make the adjustments needed to improve the current rule set? A 5.1e rather than a 6e. Three big improvements I can recommend off the bat: 1) make the starter set more new DM friendly, much more hand holding is needed. 2) reorg the PHB so that how to play the game comes first, not chargen. 3) reorg the DMG so that running the game is first, not bloody world building!

    Oh and some rules tweaks too...

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    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 mean a serious redesign task, I think. As it is, bonus action limits and the “manipulate” freebies give you just enough wiggle room to not need a laundry list of adjudications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    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 mean a serious redesign task, I think. As it is, bonus action limits and the “manipulate” freebies give you just enough wiggle room to not need a laundry list of adjudications.
    He actually recognized that his actual problem was two weapon fighting, not the Bonus Action itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmad1977 View Post
    I don’t recall there being restriction like that in 2e.
    There never were any Strength penalties for female characters, even in 1st Edition AD&D. There was a Strength cap, however: female Humans were capped at 18/75, while male Humans could go up to 18/00. 18/75 was also the cap for male Elves.
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    Hmm... Noticed by the media. To my mind that's a bad thing. I'd rather remain under their radar.

    Mind you I was playing AD&D in the 80's when that media attention led to my friend burning all of his AD&D books because his parents went all crazy on him. The only reason my books weren't taken away from me was my parents didn't give a damn if I jumped off a building assured that my Feather Fall spell would save me. We were gaming in secret. Most of our parents thought we were doing something athletic at someone else's home. Oddly it was the Catholic kid's parents were the ones who didn't care about the media assault on our hobby so we played at his house.

    That and most of the images are of the hard core type that costume for gaming sessions... People I find a bit on the weird side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
    That’s a pretty low bar for predictions. Everybody shares your prediction. Nobody thinks 6E is anywhere close.
    I'm thinking most editions are ten years or so...so 2024.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Graves View Post
    Hmm... Noticed by the media. To my mind that's a bad thing. I'd rather remain under their radar.

    Mind you I was playing AD&D in the 80's when that media attention led to my friend burning all of his AD&D books because his parents went all crazy on him. The only reason my books weren't taken away from me was my parents didn't give a damn if I jumped off a building assured that my Feather Fall spell would save me. We were gaming in secret. Most of our parents thought we were doing something athletic at someone else's home. Oddly it was the Catholic kid's parents were the ones who didn't care about the media assault on our hobby so we played at his house.
    I don't think we are in much danger of this now. You'll still have a segment of society that will have issues with some of the imagery or even any depiction of magic. Just corporate names with "Wizards" in it, much less Asmodee, will lead to some groups banning it. But society as a whole is big on fantasy. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones. We won. Most main stream churches (in the USA at least) are not going to be up in arms, beyond calling for parental involvement or suggesting more "family friendly" alternatives to more graphic games.

    Even in the 80s it was more pockets of overly excitable, superstitious, hard core folks. I blame the scare spreading to more mainstream folks on the media at the time. The media seems to be almost entirely positive this time around, many of today's journalists probably played when they were younger, or even still play now.

    Then again, just need one high-profile suicide to start up the cycle of tragedy-porn and fear mongering, so who knows.

    That and most of the images are of the hard core type that costume for gaming sessions... People I find a bit on the weird side.
    Hmm, when I think of hard-core gamers, I think of folks that are all about the games. In any event I think we are beyond cosplay being "weird." I doubt most people cosplay for their home games and those who mix cosplay with TTRPGs mainly dress up for streamed and convention games. But, if they want to dress up for their home games, the more power to them. It's a better image than the gamer who needs to be reminded to shower and change clothes at least every couple of days.

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    There is some professional PR going on here. Enough similar news articles and you can see a PR agency pitching ideas. Hasbro is good at branding and the story is there so glad it is being worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron L View Post
    There never were any Strength penalties for female characters, even in 1st Edition AD&D. There was a Strength cap, however: female Humans were capped at 18/75, while male Humans could go up to 18/00. 18/75 was also the cap for male Elves.
    Oh wow! Jogged a memory! Thanks

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