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    ICv2's Latest RPG Chart: Pathfinder Up, Fallout Arrives

    While it’s nice to see the success of old classics revived by Goodman Games, can there be any more doubt that collectors drive much of the RPG market today? Massive 250+ page hardbacks containing three or four different versions of the once 32 page modules are the farthest thing from a practical...
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    D&D General Are NPCs like PCs?

    “You don’t know what that spells is.” That’s it. In my worlds, the magic system is not mechanistic and transparent. There are no magic schools or comprehensive catalogues of spells. Monsters and NPCs may well have access to strange spells and effects that are unknown to the PCs.
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    D&D General Are NPCs like PCs?

    No. I’m at the stage in my life where ease of running the game at the table trumps pretty much all other considerations. The pros of fully-stated NPCs are far outweighed by the work and hassle involved. An NPC only needs as much detail as will be useful in its interactions with the PCs, which...
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    What is your earliest and most impressionable childhood memory of reading the original D&D or other games

    Bought the Holmes set after reading an article in my mom’s People magazine about Gary Gygax and Dungeons and Dragons. It absolutely blew my 9-year-old mind, but I couldn’t make head or tails of it as a game. My most powerful memory of the books (aside from the classic Holmes box cover) is the...
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    Too much prose in RPGs?

    Chaosium does it too. Call of Cthulhu and Runequest adventures are incredibly bloated with backstory and other content with no utility at the table. But it doesn’t seem to hurt their business. I’d wager even more of their adventures than WotC are read but never played, so they’re just responding...
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    D&D 5E 50th Anniversary and beyond

    They may know who. I doubt they know why. Unless they’ve done another massive playtest and survey like the one they did for Next.
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    D&D 5E 50th Anniversary and beyond

    Yes. But I hope WotC doesn’t fall into the trap of regarding people who are highly engaged on social media as representative of the player base as a whole. Few of the people I’ve gamed with over the years are active on forums, twitter, etc. And they’re largely oblivious to the controversies that...
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    Too much prose in RPGs?

    4e gave us the first D&D rulebooks that looked like they had an instructional designer - or really anyone with modern layout experience - involved in their design. I hadn’t given any thought to playing 4e until I picked up an Essentials book at my FLGS and had an enthusiastic jolt of this looks...
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    Too much prose in RPGs?

    Because they are. I’ve seen insiders discussing the customers who read but don’t play bandy around the figure of 50 per cent. And those are buyers who aren’t actively gaming at all, not gamers who have bought a book and haven’t gotten around to using it yet. Look at Paizo. The foundation of...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    Immersion is one of those terms that seems to mean very different things to different people. To me, it means the real world dissolving and the game world taking its place. And in my game worlds, combat with nameless horrors is not a cooly deliberative endeavour. It’s desperate, wild, and...
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    I expect that would just result in the middle tier losing market share to the 3rd tier. Given kickstarter, desktop publishing tools, and the ready availability of freelancers to provide art and layout, independent publishers can publish RPG material of a comparable calibre to middle-tier...
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    How do you propose to stop independent creators who have no need to earn a living at it from publishing RPG material?
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    And if that means every RPG publisher except WotC closes up shop? Again, it’s not a given that there’s a viable market for RPG books priced at a level that supports secure middle-class livelihoods for creators. Maybe Morrus can give us an update in a year or so and tell us if Advanced 5th...
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    D&D 5E Respect Mah Authoritah: Thoughts on DM and Player Authority in 5e

    As a player, my sense of immersion is dispelled if I know or control the game world beyond what my PC knows and controls. I don’t want to peek behind the curtain or pull levers - I want the illusion to feel real.
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    The assumption around these cases always seems to be that ownership makes heaps of profit off the business and this sort of action will just mean they’ll make a little less. But the truth is these types of creative boutique businesses typically operate on the margins of profitability, and it...
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    Review What is the most complex TTRPG of all time?

    Space Opera char gen defeated us as well. On top of the formulas for attributes and derived stats, you basically worked out four to six years of training through a system that looked remarkably like a technical college course calendar, complete with prerequisites and alphanumeric naming system...
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    Sean K. Reynolds talks RPG salaries, puts his on record.

    IIRC, one of the Paizo bigwigs remarked years go that they know at least half the buyers of their adventure paths aren’t actively gaming. And that’s for Pathfinder, one of the most popular RPGs in the hobby. I’d guess the number of books used in more niche RPGs is much lower. Separate, but...
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    Game Design Masterclass: Ars Magica

    I love many of the concepts in Ars Magica, and it’s long been on my bucket list of games/campaigns I dream of running someday. But it’s a product of its times - extremely crunchy mechanically. There are whole pages of formulas for the myriad of processes you need to carry out. The sub-systems...
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    "The Future of D&D" (New Core Books in 2024!)

    One of my disappointments with 5e when it was released was the work needed to run spellcasting enemies. Seemed like a big step back. I don’t want to have multiple books and tabs open to run a foe just because it’s a spellcaster. A stat block should give you everything you need to run an...
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    D&D General The Gygaxian Origins of Drow and Some Thought on their Depiction As Villians

    It’s Melnibone - or the Dreaming City of Imrryr to be exact. One of the reasons it has become difficult to talk coherently about D&D and its inspirations is we have people ranging from 15 to 70 with vastly different cultural references. Anyone who had read Michael Moorcock’s Elric books in...
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