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    D&D General Let's Look At Loke Battlemats

    As an aside: I really, really hate the term "theater of the mind" for "combat without battlemaps.". Combat with battlemaps is still "theater of the mind"! Unless you've never actually played a video game with combat animations, you recognize that you're still using tremendous amounts of...
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    There's a TERMINATOR RPG Coming!

    Wait. A licensed game that's not from Modiphius? I don't understand.
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    RPG Now in Print News – Free League, Monte Cook Games, Pinnacle, and More

    I'm still waiting for Modiphius to put out the officially licensed D&D RPG tie in.
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    GURPS 2020 PDF Challenge & Book of Dungeon Encounters – An Interview With Philip Reed and Sean Punch

    (I wasn't really serious about the Kitten Dice thing. I'm a crazy cat person, so I sometimes go there.)
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    GURPS 2020 PDF Challenge & Book of Dungeon Encounters – An Interview With Philip Reed and Sean Punch

    Too bad it's only for PDFs, or you could spend it all on Kitten Dice!!!!!!!
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    GURPS 2020 PDF Challenge & Book of Dungeon Encounters – An Interview With Philip Reed and Sean Punch

    I've been a GURPS fan since the mid-late 1990s. I got a lot of 4e when it first came out. As such, I don't have a lot of the 4e PDFs. I've picked up some core ones, but not a lot. The $99 tier looked good to me. I can easily come up with $120 worth of GURPS PDFs that I want, and being able...
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    Owen Stephens Continues 'Real Game Industry' Posts

    What evidence have you provided that anybody who's able to write can sit down and write an RPG product that will be comparable in quality to the ones that actually sell halfway decently? You've just stated it as if it were self-evident. If you think that that is a more cogent argument than...
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    Owen Stephens Continues 'Real Game Industry' Posts

    ...and when the content of the argument is "I assert that this is true", then, yes, you should consider the source.
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    Owen Stephens Continues 'Real Game Industry' Posts

    Sure, anybody who can write can write an RPG book and put it for sale. Will it be any good? That's a very different question. Just as anybody can pick up a basketball and throw it through hoops, but, to paraphrase Winton Marsalis, they'd really be playing basketball, but it's not necessarily...
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    Owen Stephens Continues 'Real Game Industry' Posts

    Also, Dunning-Kruger : there are two parts to it. One part is that somebody who is really good at something, particularly somebody who is highly experienced and trained (although I hate that word) tends to think that what they are able to do is easier than it really is. Those folks tend to...
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    Owen Stephens Continues 'Real Game Industry' Posts

    The vast majority of musicians who try to earn a living as musicians do not make very much money. Would you say that just anybody who picks up a violin and tries to play is going to be anywhere close to as good as somebody who has a gig as a second violinist in a moderate but not large sized...
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    Owen Stephens Continues 'Real Game Industry' Posts

    I suspect Amazon is selling at a loss. I think they can afford to sell a whole lot of stuff at a loss. And I think they do it consciously. Not because they have an interest in putting other sellers of RPG books out of business -- RPG books are too small for them to notice. But, because they...
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    Paizo Paizo Apologises For 'Police' Themed Adventure Path

    Somehow, pretending to be actual pirates who murder crew and take their cargo (cf: Skull & Shackles, and, arguably, the foundation of the entire "D&D" genre) is OK, because we know this is a game, but pretending to be members of law enforcement, even good members of law enforcement, is somehow...
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    Paizo New Leadership at Paizo

    I've heard many good things about Jeff Alvarez over the years.
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