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    D&D General What have you done with Orcs in your games?

    I don't use Orcs - don't really see any need for them.
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    That's a lie. I haven't dismissed anyone's concerns. I've just dismissed lazy argumentation.
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    What large group? How can there possibly be a large group of people offended by a product that has been out of print for decades and is hardly ever used. This is absurd on the face of things. I don't know what you're on about here. Civil rights progress absolutely requires winning the public...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    Well yes of course you do, but that's orthogonal, and not at all relevant to what I said which was merely responding to lazy appeals to authority. If you're friend says X is offensive to them you listen to their reasons and consider them. You should of course listen emphathetically but you are...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    And when one Asian person says something is problematic and another says it is not? How do we decide between them? Numbers? That takes some methodical rigour - asking your friends who have similiar socioeconomic and educational backgrounds to yourself is not rigour. Immediacy? We've had...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    As I said, I'm not demanding anything. This is pure distraction.
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    Oh well. If your appeal to authority is able to meet the high and illustrious standards of FOX News then I guess there is no problem.
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    I remember I had the Fighting Fantasy Titan world book long before I got into D&D. That was my first experience with Dark Elves. Looking at the illustrations now it's obviously that they're shaded in such as to indicate dark skin. But I don't recall it being mentioned in the text, and I never...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    One assumes that doctors have some evidence for their opinions. You know scientific studies and the like. If a bunch of journalists wrote articles about a virus quoted no science, and said "trust u" all the other journalists agree with us" we'd rightly lose all faith in them. Yes, it's an...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    The curse of ham was a big deal in historical colonialism. It's not just a US thing.
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    That's not a 'mountain of evidence'. It's people with largely similar backgrounds from the same community interpreting material in largely the same way. If you were seriously claiming that all these people had come to the same conclusion independently then you'd have the beginnings of a case...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    Art is culture I don't really understand what the argument is. In the past this sort of argument has not been about whether art affects culture but whether (or rather to what extent) cultural production and representation influences material conditions. One reading of Marx was that the...
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    D&D General The Rules Cyclopedia - Unlearning Dnd Preconceptions from a 3e player

    Yes. Playing rpgs are inherently cognitively draining.
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    D&D General The Rules Cyclopedia - Unlearning Dnd Preconceptions from a 3e player

    Not really. Distances in 2e were still in precise distances. This is what Fireball looks like when it is reworked for zones and to remove reference to precise distances. (From the 13th Age SRD) You can of course handwave the precision involved in concrete distances and many of us have done...
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    D&D General The Rules Cyclopedia - Unlearning Dnd Preconceptions from a 3e player

    Yes everyone says this but the difference between fast and slow is built entirely out of marginal gains.
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