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Recent content by Deset Gled

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    D&D General D&D doesn't need Evil

    I don't know if D&D needs evil. But I know that I like having it there.
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    D&D General Why are "ugly evil orcs" so unpopular?

    I'm pretty sure you're attempting to argue against my point, but I this is pretty much exactly what I was talking about. Well, that screws up my "A to Z", so I choose to be wrong. :p
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    D&D General Why are "ugly evil orcs" so unpopular?

    The plot of Zootopia was that a class of physically undesirable citizens (carnivores) was being judged as savages (less than herbivores), and elected officials were intentionally trying to employ systematic racism in their government by inducing violence. Also, it started with "Z".
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    D&D General Why are "ugly evil orcs" so unpopular?

    I'll straight up disagree with you here. Even if you dislike having certain races being designated fodder, "all ugly all evil" is the basis to all the best "By what measure is a [insert here]?" plots ever written. Some of the best episodes of Star Trek and Twilight Zone are based on this...
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    D&D General Why are "ugly evil orcs" so unpopular?

    Not in the way that we describe things as 'racist' today. Also, just because a word has a root doesn't mean that meaning is preserved. See: bohemian, flanger pedal, etc.
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    D&D General Why are "ugly evil orcs" so unpopular?

    Edit: found a better picture.
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    D&D General Why are "ugly evil orcs" so unpopular?

    Going even further down the rabbit hole, "mongol" used to be a medical term for Down's Syndrome. It was used to describe the physical aspects of the syndrome, long before the chromosomal link was understood. Wikipedia shows that it appeared in scientific journals as late as 1961. So, at the...
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    D&D General Time in RPGs

    IMNSHO, this topic is a great example of when GNS principles are useful in modeling how a game is played. When multiple characters are attempting to act at once to achieve goals, time is handled with the gamist method of rounds. When the story takes precedence, the game will travel at the...
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    Need crazy girlfriend input

    How low magic are we talking? Any casters in the group at all? Screwing with the market on spell components would be a good idea in most settings. There's lots of ways to play games with it. Buying all the guano to stop casters from using fireball is easy, and just makes the party travel...
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    OOTS 1244: Maxxed Concentration

    I'm having trouble deciding if it's funny to end the battle with a poop joke. On the one hand, it's kinda low bar for a battle that's gone on for almost four months. OTOH, poop is funny.
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    D&D 5E D&D is Not RAW: The Importance of Custom, Culture, and Mods in 5e

    I fundamentally disagree with the bolded part. It's actually quite possible to play D&D without houserules. Or, at least, with an extreme minimum of house rules. For the last few editions (3.x, 4, 5, possibly Rules Cyclopedia version of 2) you could sit down with just the core rules and make...
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    D&D General Critical Role: Overrated, Underrated, or Goldilocks?

    But literally nothing in your examples references the game mechanics. If the wizard says "I'll hang back because you have more hit points than me", that's playing into the mechanics of the game. If the wizard says "I'm physically weak and I'm going to hang behind this big strong guy in armor...
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    Action Economy and Why Magic-Users Don't Wear Armor

    Which is why the magic users wear leather or dragonscale armor. :) Anytime they need a non-metal solution for something, they just ask the druid what he normally uses. What's the explanation for why you can't wear the robe under (or over) the armor? A video game is slot based. But in a...
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    Polymorph Self - NO Extraordinary Abilities???

    Bonus points for the fact that the rant about someone "doing mental gymnastics to ignore the rules" isn't even about the some edition of the rules. The master transmographist (and Complete Arcane) are 3.5e, the OP was from the 3.0 days.
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    D&D General Critical Role: Overrated, Underrated, or Goldilocks?

    Getting farther off topic here, but I don't really think your example relates to "playing into the mechanics". It's just working out when to delegate responsibility and when to deal with an issue yourself. Both in character and out, they'll know that the rogue is best at searching for traps...
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