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    Worlds of Design: Is Combat Now Passe?

    How is this something new? There were always (and always will be) people, who enjoy tactical and detailed combat as a kind of minigame within the story itself. On there other hand there was always a crowd that found that boring and too much of the hassle, but enjoyed rp-ing the hell out of every...
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    General Ranger, Why Do You Guard the Frontier?

    Or, you know, a more introvert person, whos isn't much into big noisy cities and crowds, but still values his community, family, or whatever and tries to protect their homeland?
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    3E/3.5 Multiclassing in D&D 3rd Edition

    Well, in my eyes, the current end point of 3e's evolution which is PF1, IMO, became a nearly class-less system over time. There's just so many class archetypes, alternative class features, feats, hybrid classes and so on, that, with throwing in multiclassing too, the line between classes blurred...
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    3E/3.5 Multiclassing in D&D 3rd Edition

    Agree and with all due respect, I have to disagree with Mr. Tweet on this issue. Open multiclassing is one of the things I really-really like in 3.5 and Pathfinder. Yes, it could lead to disastrous combinations, but honestly, I don't mind. I don't see it as all of the classes should combine...
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    5E Ed Greenwood & Alex Kammer Working On 'The Border Kingdoms'

    This is good. I'd buy any kind of "official" (and I deem everything that Ed particiapates in official, as long as FR goes), regional-guide-like suppelements, for the lore only, even if I'll use them with other systems. Really, anything that updates the classic settings in this way, rather than...
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    Latest ICv2 Stats Sees Free League's 'Alien' RPG Sneak Into Top 5!

    Maybe the setting is tons of fun and the new edition is indeed easier to pick up and start playing than the earlier one? I'm not a big fan of the new rules, but it is what it is. I'm not the biggest fan of D&D 5e either, but it works for a lot of people. Also, the visuals of the book...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    I think that was discussed already earlier in this topic. :)
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    That, or chose another product and publisher. It's not some kind of perceived entitlement that I demand anyone to make products catering specifically for me. No, it's just that D&D used to have products I was interested in and now, not much. If WotC makes more money by targeting audiences I'm...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    That's fair. However, asking for that stuff, when there isn't many isn't gateekeping either.
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    A thing about gatekeeping: I just hate when people call a desire for setting material, a preference for detailed setting or even preference of a crunchier system gatekeeping. Sure it might be more niche and not catering explicitely to the least common denominator, but it's not gatekeeping.
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    I'd say too, that it's a player type, not something exclusive to CR. There just people out there who prefer this kind of play, with interpersonal drama (an more freeform narrative weaving) and day-to-day life in the focus. It's not even dependent on the game system, though many of those people...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    I always have that feeling when Lord of the Rings is being played on television. Usually around Christmas. :D The thing that always astonishes me is how well 3.x kept up. There are still plenty of people playing it (including me and both of my current groups) and taking into consideration that...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    Which also means they never experienced these fun and unique setting and nothing says they wouldn't be interested in them, besides another generic fantasy one.
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    Well, so be it. I don't see that as a bad thing. I have my interests and preferences and I don't really care if those are not align with the current trends. It's just funny that many people throwing around this "only old grognards want this and that" oppinions (not just regarding D&D, mind...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    I reflected on the notion that enjoying the literature side does not have a relevance to my game. If I misunderstood, my apologies. And a lot of those was built up over time, in no small part thanks to those authors. Drow, for example, were rather described in a rather cursory manner, until...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    I'm 31. I started with 3e (thoguh I read 2e novels). Do I count as an "old grognard"? All in all, I agree with you. I'm getting why they're doing this, from a business standpoint. I'm just not interested in these products. I'd be for more "niche" products, though. I also agree, this is somewhat...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    Mind, I explicitely do not like the direction new WW went with the metaplot of VtM 5e. It's just so not my VtM. I'm using pieces of it though. Similarly, I wasn't on board with the 4e version of the Realms. despite that, I still prefer living settings with ongoing story though, in comparison to...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    Depends on how much you want to diverge from the official story. It's not a black and white question, but a scale. Yes, you can broke hard from the official setting at an important point and further on, it won't be too relevant for you, what happens in the official story, because you don't use...
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    Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

    I don't think those things are mutually exclusive. Nothing says that old stuff can't appeal to new players, with the right presentation.
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