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    D&D General On Early D&D and Problematic Faves: How to Grapple with the Sins of the Past

    Amanda Palmer has suggested that there's well over a dozen women who have come to her with complaints, so this scandal is likely just getting started. And Gaiman's podcast about it didn't help, and if anything seemed to confirm at least inappropriate sexual harassment of young girls that worked...
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    D&D General On Early D&D and Problematic Faves: How to Grapple with the Sins of the Past

    It's amazing to me that people are wringing their hands over Gary Gygax, but I can't find a thread on Neil Gaiman in the media subforum, or anywhere else. Or the more cynical me isn't actually amazed, sadly.
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    D&D General Race Has No Mechanics. What do you play?

    I should probably clarify... I'm not super informed about 5e mechanics. I'm talking about backgrounds more generally as they've been used in the hobby and even in some versions of D&D, D&D settings and D&D spinoffs.
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    D&D General Race Has No Mechanics. What do you play?

    I'm not going to get into the justifications for why "species is better" because it's not. Also most people who confidently throw out a middle school definition of species have no idea of the debate and difficulties current in academic biology, especially with all of the data that genetics is...
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    D&D General Race Has No Mechanics. What do you play?

    I'm not even sure how to answer that beyond just: no. You're absolutely wrong. But I'll try. You asked why throw race (and potentially class) under the bus for background. Because your background can already do what race did, and maybe even class in some rules-lighter versions of the game...
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    D&D General Race Has No Mechanics. What do you play?

    Flippantly, because species isn't race. I'm happy to throw the concept of "species" under the bus exactly because the first question for years has been pick your fantasy race and class. That said, and I know this seems like a mutually exclusive concept, race and class effectively IS background...
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    D&D General Race Has No Mechanics. What do you play?

    Pedantic point: of course not because d&d is the first rpg as we understand the term. Realistically: yeah, Call of Cthulhu.
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    Was Thac0 really that bad?

    It's also not fun to do. It makes combat feel like accounting. Lots of people didn't really mind it, but nobody liked it or preferred it (yes, that's a rhetorical nobody and you don't win anything by showing up and saying you were the exception except for a "Socially Awkward Nerd of the Day"...
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    Does Your Campaign Have a BBEG? Does it Need One?

    Eh. Sorta. There are villains beyond the scope of the PCs. Like The Ten Who Were Taken. But they're beyond the scope of the PCs. In fact, if the PCs were to pull a Scully, they can disbelieve that they're even real. They're are other BEGs, who while maybe not campaign capper BBEGs are still...
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    Are our tastes set?

    I'd create my own date, like the two nerdy kids in Weird Science.
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    D&D General Richard Whitters poll on twitter, "Will you be buying the newest edition of D&D?"

    I wouldn't have said that, but especially after 2023 I certainly can't think of any reasonable reason to treat WotC like they deserve anything better. They've demonstrated multiple times that they are not to be trusted... so why would anyone feel obligated to trust them?
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    D&D General Do You D&D OSR?

    I played OD&D, BD&D, B/X and AD&D in the earliest to middle 80s, then left D&D entirely right around the time that "1.5" was coming out, although not because of that. Came back for the 3.x era, didn't adopt 4e, and left d20 games for good in the late 00s or early 10s. I don't play any modern...
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    D&D General Richard Whitters poll on twitter, "Will you be buying the newest edition of D&D?"

    It's probably more a veiled allusion to scientifically correct polling methodology and sample selection. While that's not entirely inappropriate as a caveat, in my experience it's mostly pulled out to dismiss data sight unseen that contradicts the narrative that the person making that allusion...
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    D&D 5E When it all goes wrong

    Sounds like a great session to me. I mean, that's a brutally long combat encounter, but that's the nature of 3.x and beyond rules. Other than that, it sounds incredibly memorable. It is possible, however, that there's a style mismatch. It sounds like maybe you're wanting to run a very tactical...
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    D&D General Race Has No Mechanics. What do you play?

    Ironically, in my homebrew, that's what I ended up doing with classes, but it wouldn't have occurred to me to do it with races. Which I guess I didn't mention: if I were a player and the GM said this is how races are done, I wouldn't have a problem with it. I still wouldn't be interested in...
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    D&D General Richard Whitters poll on twitter, "Will you be buying the newest edition of D&D?"

    Ha! That's a fair point. I haven't been a customer or player of D&D since before 4e, unless you consider D&D to be a generic term for D&D-like fantasy roleplaying like Kleenex for facial tissue, or something. I still have an academic curiosity in the performance of the brand, I guess, which...
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    “AI” and education…

    I'd rather have bespoke AI generated nonsense than the observably nonsensical narratives that most people believe are ironclad facts, so it doesn't seem all that scary to me. Most people have no idea how to (and even less interest) determine if facts "everyone knows" are falsifiable, or even...
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    D&D General Richard Whitters poll on twitter, "Will you be buying the newest edition of D&D?"

    Well trust me, there's a ton of them even if you don't know you any. (Speaking of selection bias. Not knowing any? That's actually difficult to imagine.) Although I'd probably characterize the ones I know best as WotC sceptics who were "maybes" to begin with, not really "yeses." The kind of...
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    D&D General Richard Whitters poll on twitter, "Will you be buying the newest edition of D&D?"

    I think a ton (or a tone; that might me more intriguing) who said yes or maybe before the previews started dropping have changed their mind to no. I've seen very little positive feedback on the previews. Granted, there's some selection bias where I get my news, but still.
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    D&D General Race Has No Mechanics. What do you play?

    No, not at all. Mechanics don't matter too much to me as long as they don't get in the way. Not saying that I do that with races, because I don't, but it wouldn't bother me very much if at all. Microlite2020 almost did that, but not quite no mechanics at all. That said, I still play human nine...
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