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    D&D General Does you campaign setting match where you live?

    Yes and no. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, so I'm setting my current campaign in a mountain valley out of nostalgia, but I've been drawing on other places like Iceland and the Andes to give it more flavor. I'm the only one in my player group who's lived in rural areas, so I definitely bring a...
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    D&D 5E Toward a new D&D aesthetics

    Speaking for myself, I picked "I'm ok with those changes, even if my ideal setting has a different aesthetics" because... my ideal aesthetics wouldn't really match most DnD art, new or old. That doesn't mean I think the current art, if it is particularly different from older art, is bad at all...
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    Critical Role To Critical Role or not...That is the question

    Having actually come from the internet circles where CR is very big, I would definitely agree that it's a factor in 5e's success but not the sole reason for it. There was a lot of hype for 5e among new players when it first released because we all heard how accessible it was. CR just happened to...
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    D&D 5E Toward a new D&D aesthetics

    This is where we differ, because I see that pink/purple/blue art mostly showing up in either alt art or on products that aren't necessarily meant to have universal appeal. I see that art as less generic because it's made to appeal to more particular audiences. I don't think you're the only...
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    D&D 5E Toward a new D&D aesthetics

    You've been very clear that it isn't to your taste, and that's entirely reasonable. I just don't see the problem if it's only an alt version and therefore completely optional if you want to buy the product. Releasing different styles of art side-by-side actually seems like a pretty good...
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    D&D 5E Toward a new D&D aesthetics

    But that's objectively not true. It is new art, released as the cover of a new product, in a discussion about art. If you want to talk about the words in the book just being a rerelease, there are other threads for that. Very different! I dig the minimalism of the three book covers. Isn't it...
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    D&D 5E Toward a new D&D aesthetics

    But we're talking about apparent trends in the official art. This cover is new art, released this year. Doesn't that make it relevant to this discussion?
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    D&D 5E Toward a new D&D aesthetics

    It's interesting how there's so much discussion around the art from relatively niche products like Strixhaven and Radiant Citadel, whereas Monsters of the Multiverse is an equally new book that is almost certainly what people would consider a much more "core" product, and the cover looks like this:
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    D&D 5E Toward a new D&D aesthetics

    Actually, these particular covers (and honestly the second one is just an alt cover, so totally optional) don't remind me of Disney at all, but they do remind me of a lot of recent fantasy cartoons that have both child and adult audiences such as The Dragon Prince, the She-Ra reboot, Adventure...
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    Critical Role Stephen Colbert and Critical Role adventure for Red Nose Day!

    I am so delighted to see that Eric the bee's successor is currently winning the poll
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    D&D 5E Familiars, what for?

    I guess your last point is exactly why I don't see this as such a huge issue -- being mindful of other players and not taking up all the screen time is everyone's job. In the case of my current campaign, for example, knowing another player was going for a stealth-based character (shadow monk) is...
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    D&D 5E House Rule Idea: Consequences (and Rewards) for Reaching 0 HP

    I really love this concept, but I would almost want to keep the concept a secret from the players until the roll has taken place. That way even the possibility of consequences or benefits of near-death isn't known to them until the heat of the moment.
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    D&D 5E Familiars, what for?

    I have a question about the complaint that familiars take up too much spotlight when they're relied upon for investigation: how is this any different from a rogue regularly stealthing ahead to investigate without the rest of the party? Obviously there are circumstances in which a familiar that...
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