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    WotC Can we salvage Toril?

    I agree though 1E OA actually went to the trouble of hiring Japanese scholars from Japan as consultants. That was very unusual for the time and lead within limits of expectations to a better book. Still the culture ethnography and expectations of the US in the 1980's were so different that...
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    D&D General What is the Single Worst Person or Entity in Your World/Campaign?

    The Fallen One who is basically an expy of the Abrahamic Devil via Rudolph Steiner has to be the winner, although his human servants are mostly just as awful. The #2 "Big Bads" would be the Skeleton King and his apprentice the Witch Queen who have a Skeletor, Evil Lyn thing going on.
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    D&D General Real Life Isle of Dread?

    Nice. I'm kind of sucker fro these kinds of things.
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    (+) Gaming in historical settings and dealing with values of the era

    This is the sound and uncomplicated way to deal with the issues. Talk to each other like adults, make sure everyone is on the same page. If one player isn't dis-invite them from THIS game but bring them in on one they'd like. This is basic GM leadership stuff I honestly thought everyone knew...
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    D&D 5E Don't play "stupid" characters. It is ableist.

    I'm not sure who ad-hoc is gaming with but in decades of gaming I've seen odious gamers very rarely except among young male teens where all of us thought it was the height of humor. These days I'm not interested in playing with gross or rude people either but on the very rare occasion it...
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    D&D 5E Charm, the evil spells

    We regard narcissistic manipulation, gaslighting, DARVO and such as Evil in real societies. So is any malicious Witchcraft and the reality of it is irrelevant. Many parts of the world still kill suspected Witches. Note Witch here used in its traditional form as user of harmful spells not the...
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    D&D General Inherently Evil?

    As annoying as it is, you need a good grasp of metaphysics and religious teaching in your game before doing this, since you have to define evil in your campaign first. After that you can develop a rationale for why this species behaves in that fashion . To note also , both creators of...
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    D&D 5E Ritual caster: can they create or use scrolls?

    So would I. It feels on brand for "ritual book guy" to make written magic items.
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    Pathfinder 2E Paizo drops use of the word phylactery

    Its probably for the better since no one can pronounce phylactery anyway.
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    D&D General What Magic Items do you like?

    Weapon, armor, things with either no charges or x charges per day no limit. I especially like things that make me harder to hit. This way I'll use them and not hoard them for a day that never comes.
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    D&D General Are Hit Points Meat? (Redux): D&D Co-Creator Saw Hit Points Very Differently

    Its kind of an odd situation. Historically it wasn't rare in fights for people to take horrendous even lethal hits and keep on fighting. Mutual kills were also pretty common though few games have rules any such things I know of a real life situation in which a female police officer was shot...
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    D&D General Are Hit Points Meat? (Redux): D&D Co-Creator Saw Hit Points Very Differently

    It could be either In those days a certain amount of realism was assumed to be the default and so many systems limited physical strength or other purely physical stats for female human characters compared to males. It often wasn't a serious limit, in AD&D for example it as a maximum...
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    D&D 5E Unearthed Arcana: Travelers of the Multiverse

    It is hilarious but that is a flavor rule I'm not going to use. Gif with the "soft" G sounds like a well known brand of sweetened peanut butter in my country and it would just render them too silly. Granted the "Victorian Hippo" stereotype from AD&D 2e Spelljammer is pretty silly too but its a...
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    D&D 5E What is your least favorite class in 5E?

    Ranger is my vote. The design isn't to my liking as I think it should have "no magic" options and frankly the subclasses aren't thrilling I can see why people don't like bard but with sword, valor and lore colleges its easy to make something that is not a stereotypical lute plonker.