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    Disconnect Between Designer's Intent and Player Intepretation

    It's particularly funny to a sliver of early gaming veterans in the case of 4e. Pretty much without exception, every 4e feature it's accused of getting from MMOs actually came from amateur press association and fanzine discussion in the 1970s. I am confident of this since I was there reading...
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    Synnibarr vs WotC

    Cross-genre play was a staple of many people's experience from the mid-1970s on. Empire of the Petal Throne (1974) gave off an unusual gravitas thanks to Barker's attention to detail, but the guts of it are planetary romance, which has been about throwing science and fantasy together in a...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    This leads nicely into something I was thinking about tonight. Thanks, Chaosmancer. :) I re-watched the 2011 film version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Now, John Le Carré is one of my favorite authors, the George Smiley stories are my favorites of his, the original novel is maybe my single...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    I've finally realized that this thread has been reminding me of a song, and which song it is. This is something that I pointed to a few times in the years we were writing revised clan books for Vampire: The Masquerade, and people wanted to know how much of the first edition ones would remain...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    At 55, I'm very much one of those Xers in favor, yup. (And also in favor of a general stance of "no, we're really not saying yes or no until a point where it's relevant, and maybe not even then, depending on how it'd be relevant".) That's absurd, I don't even know you. This is all generic...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    It's far from obvious to me that this is the case, particularly since I can point at big obvious counter-examples: the Marvel and DC universes. They've got comics, live-action movies, animated movies, live-action TV shows, and animated TV shows which don't at all sync up, and yet they're widely...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    I worry this will sound insulting but I mean it sincerely: honestly, who doesn't like feeling that they are part of a game's core audience? I can do a good job of feeling like my cats look during a really good scritching session. And yes, it very much sucks to have ever had that and then lose...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    Sorry, I posted without a sig file in place. Wasn't trying to be anonymous, just did it anyway. Bruce Baugh <*> Somewhat retired writer & developer of RPGs Most recent releases with me in them: Fate Horror Toolkit, Book of Oblivion for Wraith: The Oblivion Two delightful cats live with me. See...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    The part of this I always find morbidly fascinating is when people invent and tell each other stories about how people currently at WotC hate, despise, and otherwise dislike all the stuff from before their time, and then I tab over to social media to look at the feed of friends and acquaintances...
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