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    D&D General Why are "ugly evil orcs" so unpopular?

    As the player base has gotten older and perhaps more critical in their thinking, the question emerged "what exactly defines a monster race, and why are the PC races not?"
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    D&D Movie/TV D&D Movie: Action Packed, Funny as Hell

    Have you watched The Gamers? An excellent series of movies in my opinion that does just that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gamers_(film)
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    D&D 5E Ways for a demon to go incognito around a paladin, without being unfair to a player

    1st: Cover. Keep a wall of things between them. 2nd: Arcanist's Magic Aura (or Nystul's Magic Aura), a 2nd lvl basic spell. 3rd: Technically an amulet of proof against detection and location wont help, because Divine sense isn't technically divination magic, though a Ring of Mind Shielding may...
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    D&D General Best boat map product?

    I would recommend the Falling Star Sailing Ship from Wizkids over a mat. It is a little more expensive (or a lot depending on the quality of mat you are used to), but it is more versatile and brings with it a wow factor.
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    D&D 5E Project Darklords is Complete! (stats for VRGtR's Darklords)

    I mean, it made sense to me. Can't really kill them so why have a detailed stat block for them? They are story driven antagonists. That said, I'm glad dave2008 was nice enough to add this for those who want it. Labors of love are often the best!
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    D&D 5E Bag of Holding Question

    Most of my groups do not find book keeping to be fun, so we just use the dimensions of the bag to determine if something is able to fit inside. The actual contents are not tracked meticulously with regard to exact weight size, just for egregious items. Generally, so long as they don't try to put...
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    D&D General No More "Humans in Funny Hats": Racial Mechanics Should Determine Racial Cultures

    I think a lot of the discussion and debate melt away with specific framing of the intent behind Ancestry instead of race. For example, I think the intent is not to remove common tropes entirely but instead to differentiate player characters from those tropes. There is also a desire to move away...
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    D&D 5E Disarming spellcasters?

    By the rules, if you are using the disarm option, then a Wizard could have their spell focus disarmed (according to Sage Advice: Do you have to hold an arcane focus in your hand to use it? · D&D Sage Advice). This is just a danger they face. Note that Clerics (or other divine casters) do not...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    That doesn't make any sense, unless I am just misunderstanding you. Just because there are 50 novels and 30 game supplements about Elminster that may or may not be consulted when a new novel gets written, that doesn't mean that those previous products cease to exist. Maybe they were false...
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    D&D General WotC: Novels & Non-5E Lore Are Officially Not Canon

    Not really. D&D 5E started a new design trend of building out from the players point of view. A bottom up instead of top down perspective. Instead of lumping 50 years of lore, world features and non-character knowledge on top of the players, we start in the town or city where the adventure is...
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    D&D 5E Candlekeep Mysteries: Mazfroth’s Mighty Digressions ethics issues

    Caveat emptor! Seriously though, codes of ethics are likely to vary greatly in such a diverse and mutable world. One thing that is more straight forward, at least in this circumstance, may be the law. The initial book is sold in the markets of Baldur’s Gate, a city known for having particularly...
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    D&D General What is the most you've spent on a gaming accessory?

    I guess it depends on how you break it down. If were talking about Dwarven Forge as a whole it would be a 6, but for a single item it would be the considerably less (more like a 3).
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    D&D 5E Drow "Sunlight Sensitivity" workarounds?

    That's entirely fine, but in my opinion not worth being concerned with. D&D is not competitive, it is cooperative. The idea of balance is not that important between races in my opinion, especially with regard to dark vision range.
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    D&D 5E Drow "Sunlight Sensitivity" workarounds?

    Simple solution, Drow that live on the surface long enough become used to sunlight. Much like the new way of looking at race is designed to show, these generic tropes are not necessarily meant to hinder the fun of player characters. This is supposed to be something the average Drow deals with...
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    Investment question

    "A stock dividend is a dividend payment to shareholders that is made in shares rather than as cash. ... For example, a company might issue a stock dividend of 5%, which will require it to issue 0.05 shares for every share owned by existing shareholders, so the owner of 100 shares would receive...
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    D&D 5E The Mainstreaming of D&D

    I'm not saying you are wrong, to be fair, I am just suggesting that it is your perspective. I don't personally see them as samey or very similar in tone. It just depends on where you draw your lines, and how nuanced you get. One of the things I love about the MCU movies, for example, is that...
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    D&D 5E The Mainstreaming of D&D

    I think the reason it may come off that way to some is that you point out a very specific set of aesthetic options that exist in a large pool of choices, many of which are very blood and mud still. For example, if you compare the art, flavor, and options between Strathaven, Icewind Dale...
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    D&D 5E The Mainstreaming of D&D

    Can you elaborate on the shape you see it taking?
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    D&D 5E The Mainstreaming of D&D

    I honestly don't see any difference in the material with regard to being more "safe, kid friendly" or having a different direction than it always has. Could someone elaborate on these things? The main difference I see in content is that the game, and to some extent the player base, has grown...
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    ESL D&D (long, you might want to stay away)

    Have you published anything on this? If so, could you please drop a citation? I'm a doctoral student using exploratory learning in conjunction with simulation games to assess decision making in common pool resource dilemmas, and I would love to have another source of real world gaming...