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

    I've mainly done variant orcs in my campaign settings. I don't think I've ever used Pure Strain Tolkien orcs. In the World of the Islands, orcs and their fellow monstrous humanoids were the creation of Changer, one of the seventeen gods. Modifier of old species into new. They weren't evil...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    So I might need to think this thorough more. Or at all. But I do find the idea of a race of cow flayers inadvertently created by the radical diet of a sect of vegan Illithids in Sigil to be very... ahem... D&D.
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    I'd like to see a campaign set in a somewhat grittier version of Planescape's Sigil where stuff like this forms the basic conflict. You not trying to kill the D&D bestiary, you're trying to figure out to coexist with them in a planar metropolis.
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    Zack Snyder's Justice League - Official Trailer

    I like both Nolan and Snyder. They're very similar in that each has a limited bag of tricks, but those tricks are amazing (their technical skills, the strength of their compositions, distinctive visual styles, etc.). They both can make films where critical elements are missing -- like decent...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    1. Hire some unscrupulous druids to Awaken cows and pigs. 2. Lay brain-eggs in now-sentient cows and pigs. 3. Guilt-trip any non-vegetarian humans & humanoids who hassle them over it. 4. Profit!
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    Good lich seems easy. They're created with the blessing of a neutral or good death god's temple and serve as special guardians, defenders of the faith in times of crises, or even revered, immortal teachers. I think there's one in the campaign I recently joined, come to think...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    My college DM introduced me to honorable, Klingon-esque orcs 30 years ago. A lot of the recent WotC changes are things we've been doing for a long time now. Heck, I'm playing a lawful good hobgoblin in a campaign he's running with friends & family currently over Zoom. But I'll never get rid of...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    I know it's bad form to reply to someone who's been kicked out of a thread, but since they quoted me, I feel the need to respond. Comparing modern social justice movements to the Nazis is crazy talk. Nazism was a grievance politics for the majority which targeted vulnerable minorities, helped...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    Oh sure, I was just quoting Sturgeon's Law. And maybe casting a little shade at the notion Hollywood is somehow more commercial now than it was then.
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    Also because Hollywood movies have always been bland and insipid! (for the most part... %90 of everything is crap... etc.)
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    So let me do an 'old man in before the lock' and add my hastily-considered thoughts: 1. Personally speaking, I haven't found D&D and its community to be racist. I say this as a person of color, whose first long running D&D group was %75 people of color. I freely admit some of this amounts to...
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    So what are you reading this year 2021?

    I'm still reading Agatha Christie, following our early pandemic binge-watch of every episode of the David Suchet Poirot series. Death on the Nile is a terrific good book (as opposed to her The Big Four which is a terrific bad book). So in my early 50s I am finally discovering the appeal of the...
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    D&D Movie/TV Bridgerton Star Regé-Jean Page Joins D&D Movie

    Also, the peasants rocking out to Queen in A Knights Tale is roughly as inaccurate as the armor in Boorman's Excalibur, anachronism-wise. Both are wonderful films, for different reasons. If the new D&D movie is half as good as either, I'll call it a win.
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    Wonder Woman Out Dec 16th

    I wasn't being kind. I honestly found the movie to be delightful; a smart, conscious updating of the sort of high-budget, high-concept action-comedy Hollywood made during my teenage years. But I admit, this film probably reads differently if you don't have affection for 1980s pop culture. It...
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