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  1. Mark Hope

    D&D 2E Definitive Darksun

    My core stuff is the original boxed set plus pterrans and aarakocra, loads of kits, Dragon Kings, Dune Trader, Veiled Alliance, City-State of Tyr, Will and the Way, and other bits added for flavour. I use fighting styles from CFH, with more we homebrewed, made my own kits, added some non-core...
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    D&D General D&D Canon - why is it important and how does it affect your game?

    Canon is what happens in play at my table. Published material is a toolbox. For me, it really isn't any more involved than that.
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    D&D 5E The Audience - Do you feel like you're the target audience?

    No, I am not the target audience and that's fine. I've been running a persistent D&D campaign since 1983 and have so much gaming material that there isn't really anything that WotC can offer me. If I see something I like, I hoover it up, add it to my game world or my houserules, and carry on as...
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    Listening to old-timers describe RP in the 70s and 80s

    This is really interesting to read because I've had a player who started with (and still occasionally plays) 5e say this exact thing to me in the last couple days. He feels that he has far more agency in our 2e game than in the 5e games he plays. I would think this is down to how the DM allows...
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    [possibly controversial]What is wrong with Vampire the Masquerade 5E?

    Only Lovers Left Alive. Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Tom Hiddleston as very old vampires in the modern day trying to hold on to love and meaning. Just a beautiful, beautiful film. Byzantium. Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, and Sam Riley in a run-down coastal town. At once glossier and seedier...
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    [possibly controversial]What is wrong with Vampire the Masquerade 5E?

    I thought I told you to stay off the boardwalk! :D
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    [possibly controversial]What is wrong with Vampire the Masquerade 5E?

    Yeah there's no way that Anne Rice wasn't a major influence. I mean, she coined the term "World of Darkness", never mind anything else. But then yeah, you have the Near Dark vampires in there as well, the Stoker vampires, the Count Orlok vampires, the Necroscope vampires - it's a wonderful...
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    D&D General On This Day In 1983 The BBC Explains D&D

    Chalk and Dever! The gods speak :D Great video. I visited the GW design studio the year after this - looked pretty much exactly the same.
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    D&D General DALL·E 3 does amazing D&D art

    My current D&D party :D She reads the rat's entrails for omens. Lovely chap, rarely knows what's going on. Downtime is the best time for a pipe and a good book. I will not ruin your day by setting off all the traps. May I hit it yet?
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  15. Mark Hope

    D&D General What is a Default Setting and Does D&D Need One?

    To me the words "default setting" mean a presumed campaign world to which the game caters. So with that in mind, no, D&D should not have that for what seem to me to be obvious reasons. Each group makes the game their own and one size does not fit all. Beyond that pedantry, D&D should definitely...
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    Listening to old-timers describe RP in the 70s and 80s

    What I recall the most from my early days of gaming (started in 82) was that I saw games as a way to emulate or reproduce the types of fiction I enjoyed. So I was (and I suppose still am) trying to capture the feel of the books, movies and TV shows that interested me. Yeah, we had dungeons but...
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    OD&D Keep on the Borderlands, some observations

    Last time I ran B2, the characters never even went to the caves. I sent them into some flooded crypts below the chapel in the Keep looking for a magic fungus that grows on bones and can be made into curing potions. Those crypts ended up becoming the upper level of a multi-level dungeon below the...
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    OSR Old school wizards, how do you play level 1?

    I give them bonus spells like clerics, which helps. I am not ashamed of my heresy. I also design the adventure so that wizards (and all classes, really) have things to contribute beyond combat. Your wizard will be the only guy who can decipher the runes on that weird magic trap or possess the...
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    D&D General Making and surviving the break…

    I started with BX, went on to play AD&D, AD&D2e, then 3e, 3.5e, PF, then went back to BX and AD&D2e. I play BX fairly BTB, with a few houserules, and I play AD&D2e with a glorious and absurd amount of hacks, houserules, and content stolen from all the other editions. I've played a little 4e and...
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    OSR How do you run your combat? (B/X, BECMI, OSR)

    Depends on the size of the group. If I'm running for 4 or 5 players, it's fine to just do individual initiative and let people move, act, cast spells, fire missiles, engage in melee or whatever on their initiative count. For large groups (like 7 to 9 players), I use side-based initiative with...