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    Worlds of Design: WANTED - More Game Masters

    Biggest problem I see to the lack of GMs is also the same thing that has helped drive the popularity of D&D, Pathfinder, and several other games: streaming games. They're great on one hand, throwing open the doors of entry to the games. On the other, they put an added level of expectation and...
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    Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft Review Round-Up – What the Critics Say

    I was responding to why some people would care about changes made to something they love and gave my reasonings for why I prefer the older material. For instance, for me, it doesn’t matter whether or not DC is setting up Clark and Lois’ son to take over the mantle of Superman or that it appears...
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    Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft Review Round-Up – What the Critics Say

    I'm aware, but admittedly bypassed them. I guess for me, a clearer turn of phrasing would be, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." 2E source material...specifically lore and the like, is fantastic as is. Doesn't need updating, morphing, changes, or any kind of alteration. Don't mess with perfection.
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    Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft Review Round-Up – What the Critics Say

    Nostalgia. I started playing in the 80s, heavily with 2E. While Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft is a decent supplement, I'll still take the 2E material over it...it hits all the marks for horror for me. A new version doesn't always equate to better. Of course, with all the criticism being...
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    Meet the Bodhana Group

    Featuring Bodhana on such a widely viewed RPG site is a fantastic thing to see! They are the real deal.
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    D&D 5E Do You Prefer Sandbox or Party Level Areas In Your Game World?

    I don't roll the dice. I populate the area with a variety of things of different degrees of challenge from level appropriate to TPK level, including information from which the PCs pick and choose what they wish to tackle. If they ignore the information provided, jump right in without...
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    D&D 5E Do You Prefer Sandbox or Party Level Areas In Your Game World?

    To my perspective what you describe sounds an awful lot like Railroading and a rotten or inexperienced GM.
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    D&D 5E Do You Prefer Sandbox or Party Level Areas In Your Game World?

    This right here. It all comes down to choice, whether it's to go traipsing off towards TPK level danger or to go to stomp on a few ant hills first...GMs give you the information make a choice, you've got to accept the consequences of that choice regardless of the outcome.
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    Gaming for Good with Jasper’s Game Day

    Nice!! Admirable how the pain of loss was the catalyst for helping others. Another organization you might want to look at is The Bodhana Group. They're a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization based in York, Pennsylvania, who have been advocating therapeutic TTRPGs for over 10 years. They train other...
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    Review Roundup: Tasha's Cauldron of Everything

    Do whatever is fun at our table. You don't need Tasha's Cauldron to do that. I see it like anything else released after the core game has been around for awhile: hey, here's some table rules we've been using for awhile or some table rules we've come across that seemed pretty interesting and...
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    I’m Really Thankful I’m a Gamer

    I wish I could say the same. I find after a session of online gameplay, I come away feeling disappointed, like I wasted my time. It's just not fun for me. I've been running less and less due to the need to run online. Maybe it's my age (47). Sadly, my wife and three teenagers are not gamers, nor...
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    When Gaming Bleeds

    Regular for me - any game table not being run for therapeutic purposes, ie, in my own home or someone else's, at a Con. Calling mental issues baggage is not the best turn of phrase, just how I've always viewed my own issues. I have no problems making reasonable accommodations for those with...
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    When Gaming Bleeds

    You missed the first portion of the highlighted blurb "I'm all for being mindful,..." I follow the golden rule of treat others how I want to be treated. When I am aware of something, I don't go out of my way to trigger anyone. If I do say or do something, whether in game or in real life, which...
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    When Gaming Bleeds

    Feel free to disagree, but unless it's a therapeutic RPG session, I can't support the idea of the X-Card at the regular gaming table. After over 30 years of gaming, I've lost track of the number of times various GMs have run scenarios in which I got uncomfortable due to my own real life...
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    How Expensive is Too Expensive?

    The only premium/collector's set I have ever considered purchasing was Modiphious' Star Trek Adventures: Borg Cube Box Set, currently selling for $247 US, with a collector's version going for $400. After I got past the WOW! of what was included, I came to the same conclusion I always come to...