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    6E (+) New Edition Changes for Inclusivity (discuss possibilities)

    Detaching proficiencies from race would near the top of my list of relatively quick-and-easy changes. The term "subrace" always seems way too close to the term "sub-human" to me, but regardless if we aren't using "race" then I'd say definitely lose "subrace" as well. It gets pretty far from...
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    5E Would you be happy with fixed damage?

    I'd be fine with this, assuming a critical success still did more damage.
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    Upcoming Arthurian Movie The Green Knight Has An RPG

    Huh. I don't know, "SIR gaWAIN and the GREEN knight" rolls off my tongue perfectly fine, and that's how I've been mispronouncing it my whole life! ;)
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    5E Making a 5E Variant I *Want* To Play (+thread)

    FWIW, these are definitely not true for me. I'm very visually-oriented, so I first have to consciously convert the pips to numbers, and then add the numbers. I don't instantly see the numbers, and it is definitely not faster than an eye-blink. I'm not alone in this, either. Looking at 2 dice...
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    5E Making a 5E Variant I *Want* To Play (+thread)

    #1 I'm not a fan of penalizing characters/players, especially when they already aren't great at something, but I think overall the positive effects of this might outweigh the negatives. #4 I think every class should get something cool at every level, other than just more hit points. Since...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Using material from less well-known, less popularized eras and subcultures of these regions would be a good way to get away from the stereotypes. On a semi-side note: please, lord, give me the material for running a campaign based on one of those enormous Chinese sailing ships!
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    General D&D Settings with No Problematic Areas?

    As a class in D&D, clerics don't needs gods. Ancestor reverence, animism, and other spiritual forces could be used as the source/explanation of a cleric's power. And monks definitely don't need gods or religious sects.
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    5E D&D Beyond Player Tools app is now live!

    I've been running a 5E game over at Roll20 for 3+ months now, and D&D Beyond has become even more useful than before: I can have every players full character sheet open in its own tab, a tab on the home page for doing searches, and a tab for their encounter builder, to run encounters I've...
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    How do you feel about learning new rule systems?

    I feel much the same way - I'm happy to learn a new system, but not on my own. I need one or more others in the game to either a) already know the game and help me (and others) to learn it, or b) if I'm GMing a new system, I need one or more others to be just as invested as I am in learning the...
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    5E D&D Beyond Player Tools app is now live!

    I use the DDB site a lot, both on a desktop/laptop and on my phone, I use the DDB Compendium app sometimes, we use Beyond20 in our Roll20 game, and I have no problems with any of it, really. This new app look like it will (once it's fully up and running) be yet another very handy thing from DDB...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Oh, for the love of... "Oversimplified" means it too simplified. It is simplified to a degree which is in some way unfavorable, undesirable, etc., i.e. harmful - harming one's ability to understand or deal with a thing, because your thoughts and attitudes about it are oversimplified. Possibly...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Not following this at all. If it's a harmful, immutable categorization, then it's a stereotype. That's in the definition. Where's the confusion? I don't care. I'll let someone interested in explaining it do the explaining, as if it hasn't been explained repeatedly in this thread already. I wish...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    I guess you're asking if there exists an objective reality and whether it has ethical content or meaning? Or something? I'm not sure, and I'm done discussing this. I don't know how you define things without using definitions. I provided some commonly accepted definitions, for clarity's sake. The...
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    5E Does your group use inspiration? If not, why not?

    Sort of? Sometimes? Basically, when we remember to: if the DM thinks of it, and then if the player remembers they have it. When my group goes back to face-to-face gaming, I want to represent Inspiration with a physical token of some kind (I lean toward a special, larger-than-average d20 that...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    THIS. By definition, generalizations are convenient, mutable, and generally harmless, whereas stereotypes are lazy, stubborn, and harmful.
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    This, please! Put your vikings in the east, braving monsoons and air dragons! Put your pseudo Japan in a frozen wasteland! Work out the implications, and you might get something original.
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    I've never heard any serious conversation about the useful generalizations that humans make in order to process information that refers to that process as making use of stereotypes. As laid out earlier, stereotypes are by definition bad things. This is not debatable. In scientific contexts...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Literally the first result in my 3-second Google search: "stereotype, noun: a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing." (emphasis mine) So, yes, stereotypes are bad, literally, by definition - as in "over-simplified", as in "fixed"...
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    5E How should be the future Oriental Adventures.

    This exactly. "A dominant culture producing cultural content that reinforces their own dominant culture" is very different from "a dominant culture producing cultural content about marginalized cultures", which is very different from "a marginalized culture producing cultural content about their...
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    WotC Dungeons & Dragons Fans Seek Removal of Oriental Adventures From Online Marketplace

    Illegally. I mean, I suspect someone still owns the copyright to the contents of that book, despite its being out of print. Mod Edit:Next time you complain about someone linking to copyrighted materials.. don't include the link in your own post too! ~Umbran
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