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    D&D 5E The Dual Wielding Ranger: How Aragorn, Drizzt, and Dual-Wielding Led to the Ranger's Loss of Identity

    The problem is that basically any existing class could be conceptualized as a subclass of a different class. ALL of these lines are arbitrary, which makes it silly to act like classes HAVE to be designed around a precise uniqueness.
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    D&D 5E The Dual Wielding Ranger: How Aragorn, Drizzt, and Dual-Wielding Led to the Ranger's Loss of Identity

    Except that it placed arbitrary restrictions on the concept of a ranger in a pointless effort to mechanically differentiate it more from a fighter. Why, for example, would no ranger be able to use a two-handed weapon effectively? Likewise, why would a fighter not be able to pursue archery...
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    D&D 5E The Dual Wielding Ranger: How Aragorn, Drizzt, and Dual-Wielding Led to the Ranger's Loss of Identity

    Not only that, but the ranger has expanded alongside this shift - which is why you have subclasses like planar stalkers and gloomwalkers in 5e. Honestly, being an expert wandering loner with unusually good tracking/hunting/survival skills is very much a solid core identity for a D&D class.
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    D&D 5E The Dual Wielding Ranger: How Aragorn, Drizzt, and Dual-Wielding Led to the Ranger's Loss of Identity

    The main problem with rangers is nothing other than peoples' fixation on the idea that classes must be mechanically "pure" and unique in some significant way, which is unnecessary in cooperative tabletop gaming and it's kind of a new trend inspired at least in part by video game logic (I'm not...
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    D&D 6E Change to Basic Class / Subclass design?

    If I'm understanding you correctly, I kind of agree with this. To be honest I think this is something that could have been handled much better in 5e. They weren't bold enough in committing to cleaning up the base class options by reducing the # and backing out features to give more design space...
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    Immoral player characters in RPGs

    The overarching point I think you're making is that it's really a table by table "agreement" whether that agreement is literal or simply plays out organically through the soft dynamics of the group at play. Ultimately, I suppose this isn't really a matter of right and wrong (like with most...
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    Immoral player characters in RPGs

    Impact, huh? So it seems to me that you are admitting that your emotions are the problem here. Otherwise my statement would have had no impact whatsoever, and we wouldn't be having this silly conversation. How disappointing all of this is. Contrary to what Robin DiAngelo might have taught you...
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    Immoral player characters in RPGs

    That's funny. I see no hyperbole or emotion in that post. It was merely a statement on my philosophy regarding the roles of players including the GM. Maybe you're just injecting your own bias?
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    D&D 5E A different take on Alignment

    This doesn't seem like a very objective critique if I'm being honest. I had no issues with alignment in 4e and in fact I preferred it to all prior incarnations because it felt just a bit more properly abstracted, IMO the way alignment should. The way it felt prior to 4th was an overly simplistic...
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    Immoral player characters in RPGs

    Condescension, again? If you feel I overstated my point, perhaps you should examine your own interaction style. Otherwise, my point stands.
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    Immoral player characters in RPGs

    It appears you missed my point.
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    Immoral player characters in RPGs

    The GM does not have a job other than facilitating games. How they choose to do that is up to them, but should also involve negotiation of such with players. Any or all players can take on this type of responsibility just as much as a GM can. This idea of the GM as a "big boss" of the game that...
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    D&D 5E A different take on Alignment

    I think that's totally fair. But I also think it's fair to acknowledge that the game has evolved in all kinds of ways, that this isn't what suits everyone's tastes, and that there's a lot of opportunity to bring it to life in a totally different way for different settings and/or tables. I'm not...
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    D&D 5E A different take on Alignment

    It really depends on how you philosophically approach the ability scores. I'm not actually fan of boxing a bunch of different barely related things into an ability score, which is basically what the 6 score system does - especially for Wisdom and Charisma which are really just "doens't fit...
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