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    Trading Shepherds for Miners

    Serious question though - do dwarves harvest potatoes from underneath?
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    D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

    Mind you, some of the old Ravenloft stuff was so far beyond this that WotC didn't even try to retcon it, (possibly for fear of drawing attention to it in the first place...) Tiyet, the Darklord of Sebua, whose damnation was fueled by her undying love for ... the powerful official who...
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    D&D 5E Which Classic Settings do you think WotC will publish?

    I'm as crusty a DS veteran as you'd care to name, and I'd have zero problems with re-skinning Dragonborn to represent Dray. Tieflings I have few more issues with. The DS canon has never been a model of consistency when it comes to planar travel etc, but it's basically impossible to see any...
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    D&D General How Was Your Last Session?

    Advanced to level 8! And my paladin says a joyful hello to Great Weapon Master... Playing Storm King's Thunder, We've been skirting the edges of Grudd Haug for some time now, ambushing foraging parties and so on, trying to intercept food-laden raiding parties and tempt the hill giants into...
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    D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

    Speaking personally, I have to admit I find the Dark Powers pretty much the least interesting, and damn near the least game-relevant aspect of the Ravenloft setting as a whole. I can understand why someone like Azalin would disagree, but seriously, how often does the metaphysics of Ravenloft...
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    D&D 5E Players Killing Players for stupid reason

    No, you haven't gotten that feedback. You've gotten the feedback that premeditated poisoning of someone for a non-violent act is evil, and that intra-party killing breaks games, breaks friendships, and ruins fun. You haven't liked that feedback, but that's been the majority opinion. The thing...
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    D&D 5E Players Killing Players for stupid reason

    Medieval law is one thing, game-world law is another. D&D world very rarely operate by real-world medieval law. There's much less serfdom, for one thing. The 'one could call it justice' line, yeeeaah ... one could also call it cold-blooded murder, and I'd probably be inclined to side with the...
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    D&D 5E Which Classic Settings do you think WotC will publish?

    I think Planescape is the most likely next cab off the rank. Given the 5e model with a low number of release per year, WotC seems to want to make pretty much all releases (except the annual adventure...) applicable to as many groups as possible. So the Ravenloft book is also the more generic...
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    D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

    That ... won't happen. The old guard aren't a monolithic group, and more to the point, D&D isn't a centralised activity. Some 'old guard' will try the new stuff and like it, some will try it and dislike it but adapt the 5e mechanics to the old setting, some will go back to OSR or AD&D or...
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    D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

    Yeah, I'll be picking the eyes out of this book and ignoring the bits I don't like, just like I have for every other edition. The 'all domains are islands in the mist' thing is going to go, but to be honest I'm progressively getting less and less canonical with my taste in Ravenloft and am...
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    D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

    It's worth remembering that even when old lore was new lore, lots of people hated it. In Dragonlance, the 'new' War of Souls lore is so old that it's closer in real-world time to the 'old' 1980s War of the Lance lore than it is to now, and is older than a large percentage of the modern D&D...
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    D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

    The old I'Cath always seemed to me like someone had been doing a bit of reading about Chinese hells and wanted to write a domain very faithful to those concepts, but gave very little thought about how on earth anyone would ever actually use it in a real-life game session. As far as actual...
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    D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

    Serious question (and one that's largely unrelated to the rewrite/retcon/change debate) - what did you do with Valachan, in-game? Other than the main plot with Urik von Kharkov and the Cat of Felkovic (which was the plot of the dungeon module), it always seemed like a domain with very few...
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    D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

    Well, the only black darklord (and one of the very very few named black characters in the entire line) being an actual literal polymorphed animal was part of it. But more to the point, Valachan was ... boring. Seriously. Was anyone really interested in or attached to Valachan as it was? It...
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    D&D 5E Meet Ravenloft's Harkon Lucas and Rudolph Van Richten

    When to comes to clothing and general aesthetic though, Ravenloft has always trended historically-later that most D&D settings, probably because so many of its source inspirations come from the late 1800s. The art etc is trying to reflect that, or at least split the difference between 1800s...
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