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  1. wingsandsword

    One D&D Permanently Removes The Term 'Race'

    Probably never will go away, not in our lifetimes at least. They stopped calling it spell memorization 22 years ago in 3e and replaced it with "preparation", I still hear plenty of people call it "spell memorization". People tend to use the terms and language from when they learned the hobby...
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    WotC What's All This About The OGL Going Away?

    . . .they weren't alone in that.
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    WotC What's All This About The OGL Going Away?

    I think a bit of historic context as to why the OGL was created, and the SRD's released, would also help clear the air. Back in the 1990's, TSR (who, for those who don't remember, was the company that used to make D&D more than a quarter-century ago) was extremely litigious. They were...
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    Dragonlance WotC Officially Confirms Takhisis and Tiamat Are The Same

    Yeah, this isn't anything new. They said it in both 1e and 2e works repeatedly. They downplayed it/ignored it in 3e and later, as the broader D&D multiverse got downplayed in official works, but indeed they've said it before. If anything, this is the first time in about a quarter century...
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    D&D General Dragon+ Content Going Away -- Whoops, It's Gone!

    Probably something contractual. I remember when WotC had the rights to do Star Wars and Wheel of Time RPG's. . .their material/webpages for those just disappeared into the ether with almost no notice, as soon as the licenses expired and with little-to-no fanfare. From 2008 to 2010, there was a...
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    D&D General D&Difying History

    Why isn't it possible to make historically oriented D&D materials anymore? Seriously, with the OGL you could make historically based materials for D&D 3e/3.5e or 5e, or d20 Modern. The last official historic D&D material I know of was the stuff for a 12th century Robin Hood campaign in one of...
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    Spelljammer Spelljammer Miniatures Coming!

    Well, "Lizardmen" became "Lizardfolk" all the way back in 3rd edition. I guess it's not TOO much of a surprise.
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    Everyday Heroes, The Rebirth Of d20 Modern: An Interview

    I remember the creators of d20 Modern, about 20 years ago when it came out, answering that question. One of the authors of d20 MOdern said that every time he tried to run modern games, his players would always try to "game the system" around modern-day credit. They'd have characters that would...
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    Everyday Heroes, The Rebirth Of d20 Modern: An Interview

    I liked that they made an official D&D-compatible modern-day game. I disagreed with a LOT of design decisions in d20 Modern. I hated the base/advanced/prestige class system. . .forcing characters to take generic "base" classes their first 3 levels before they could qualify for the advanced...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 Edition Experience - Did/Do you Play 3rd Edtion D&D? How Was/Is it?

    With the PHB, DMG and MM for 3.0 and 3.5, the 3.0 and 3.5 Psionics books, Deities & Demigods, and the ELH, those were all made OGC via a SRD release, not via the book themselves. Same with d20 Modern, Urban Arcana, the Menace Manual and d20 Future. Look in UA, it has a declaration of open...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 Edition Experience - Did/Do you Play 3rd Edtion D&D? How Was/Is it?

    UA was meant to be a toolkits for DM's to customize their games, not a buffet for players looking for cool new tricks. Also, UA dumped a LOT of ideas into open game content since almost the whole book was OGC (and the only WotC book to do so), which was cool because it let others use ideas like...
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    D&D 5E D&D Lore Changes: Multiversal Focus & Fey Goblins of Prehistory

    Forgotten Realms and Planescape have been deeply connected since Planescape was created in 2e, and Forgotten Realms fitting into the "Great Wheel" cosmology goes back to 1e and early Realms stuff. There were even crossover adventures in 2e, like Tales from the Infinite Staircase (PS). ...
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    Using Miniatures for Your TMNT or Other Tabletop RPG

    There's also the TMNT HeroClix that were made a few years ago, which are probably cheaper on the secondary market than most of the options given.
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    D&D 3E/3.5 What was the original intended function of the 3rd edition phb classes?

    I disagree entirely. The alleged "problem" with 3e was all the "forum meta" and online culture that had people using 3e in ways it absolutely, positively was not designed for. All this "CodZilla" nonsense, and tiers, and other forum jargon. . .that cleanly divided 3e players into two camps...
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    TSR Darlene tells NuTSR NO!

    I don't think that's standard in the industry. Lora Johnson was a publisher of a number of reference works for Star Trek and Star Wars, including Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise and Worlds of the Federation and the Star Wars Technical Journal, on top of a number of novels she wrote, but all...
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    TSR The Full & Glorious History of NuTSR

    This is the real punchline. All this fuss, all this argument. . .they don't even make any actual gaming products. Not even some simple adventures or shovelware-grade forgettable sourcebooks. The only thing they seem to make is controversy, and their main means of income appears to be...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 Edition Experience - Did/Do you Play 3rd Edtion D&D? How Was/Is it?

    3e never had that feeling for me, but I know we played mostly with the core 3 rulebooks for actual rules. . .and only went outside them a little here and there for setting or character specific options. If we were playing Realms, add the Player's Guide to Faerun. If it's Dragonlance, add DLCS...
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    When RPGs Meet SCP

    There WAS a controversy in Russia where someone in the Russian Federation, they got a Russian court to rule that a Russian citizen has all the rights to the SCP Foundation and that the creative commons license was unenforceable. I think they eventually got that ruling overturned, but a...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 Edition Experience - Did/Do you Play 3rd Edtion D&D? How Was/Is it?

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Internet Forum culture was the weak point of D&D 3e. You hear so many complaints about it. You know what, those complaints pretty much started online, and people complained about it online, and people complained about it in the real world because...
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    D&D General Are Hit Points Meat? (Redux): D&D Co-Creator Saw Hit Points Very Differently

    I think that means you take 9d4 damage. . .between 9 and 36 points. Old D&D books weren't very good about spelling out actually how many dice were to be rolled, and would often list the minimum and maximum amount of the roll and you had to figure out what the dice would actually be.