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    D&D 5E How do you hope WotC treats the upcoming classic settings?

    Close. First year students at Hogwarts are 11 to 12 years old.
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    Yes, they've definitely been mining it for ideas, borrowing elements but usually re-contextualizing them. Lucas and Filoni did a fair bit of that on The Clone Wars. Kind of like what a lot of DMs do with adventures band campaign settings, really. It was also awesome. Love the LEGO Star Wars shows.
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    The Star Wars Holiday Special is not canon. It shared the same fate as the Ewoks and Droids cartoons and the live action Ewok TV movies. When they hit the reset button on the "Expanded Universe" in 2012, the official continuity was comprised of Episodes I to VI (the films, not the...
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    D&D General D&D's feel vs. what D&D should keep - final comparison

    Having started playing D&D with the Mentzer Basic and Expert sets, I always find it puzzling when someone asserts that the Great Wheel cosmology is important or essential to the feel of D&D. IMO, Basic/Expert D&D (either Moldvay/Cook or Mentzer; they're close enough) is the purest distillation...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    The LEGO Star Wars animated shows are decidedly non-canon. But that doesn't make them any less enjoyable, and they are absolutely worth watching (if you find them funny and entertaining of course). Likewise, the upcoming Star Wars Visions anime short films are also non-canon. They don't even...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    Oh yeah, don't get me wrong, they're definitely good guys. It's the vilification of "those who made stuff I didn't like" versus the franchise being saved by "those who made the stuff I liked" that gets to me. The Mandalorian is great, but it does regularly stray into Fan Service: The Series...
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    D&D 5E WotC Is Designing Adventures With Shorter Content Chunks

    If you're able to mostly keep to a regular schedule -- say weekly or biweekly -- then tracking resources between sessions isn't too big a deal. When I'm actually able to get a game going, what usually happens is that we'll play every 2-3 weeks for maybe 3 sessions and then life happens and then...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    My wife has described arguments over canon as people arguing about which fake thing is more fake than the other. You might be surprised. I've seen plenty of people go off on how Lucas no longer understands his own creation, or how he hates or disrespects the fans. Nothing is likely to ruin...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    This. At best, the novels were the "official" continuation of the story... until they conflicted with what George wanted to do. And at the time that Heir to the Empire was published, Lucas wasn't making any films, period. He never even read most of them. I recall that when Lucas was writing The...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    Dark Sun 4e and Eberron represent my preferred model for all campaign settings. When a setting is published for a new edition of the D&D rules, start with the core ideas and history of the world and then re-imagine it and tweak for modern sensibilities (if necessary). Convoluted in-universe...
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    D&D General WotC Teases Possible Dragonlance Video Game

    They sound a lot more like the party members from Planescape: Torment than the ones from BG and BG2 (in terms of not being a typical D&D group).
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    D&D General What Obscure/Lesser-Known Book Series Got You Into D&D?

    As a kid, I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books. My mother used to get them for me at garage sales and flea markets. One time, she found a similar type of book series, called Endless Quest. I think this particular one was the first that I read in that series, although at one point I...
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    D&D General What's your Campaign Success Rate?

    I have never "completed" a campaign, as either a player or a DM, going back to 1987. Every campaign that I've been involved in has simply fallen prey to real-life getting in the way in one form or another. It's probably important to note that I've spent exponentially more time reading the books...
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    D&D 4E How to speed up combat?

    4E really needed a couple of good adventures that demonstrated how to play to its strengths right from the start. I assume the fact that it didn't was a result of the rushed development timeline. This sums up my experience with 4E almost exactly. Except I only ran 8 sessions before we abandoned...
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