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    Where and how do you play?

    Question for people playing via Roll20. What do you use for audio? (and/or video?) The built-in audio tools have become increasingly unreliable for our group, so we're looking into other solutions to pair with it. We like the VTT. But the random audio drop-outs that affect some, but not all, of...
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    Where and how do you play?

    Our last in-person game session was 53 weeks ago today. We‘ve been playing on Roll20 ever since. I’m also playing in a campaign via Zoom with a mix of high school & college friends, and their children (wow I’m getting old...).
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    Worlds of Design: Write it Down!

    The built-in Notes app for MacOS/iOS/iPadOS is my go-to. I’d also like to stress the importance of note-taking during a session, as new things are imagined into being during play. I admit I’ve gotten bad at this as I’ve gotten older.
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    What are you running right now?

    Not running anything. Playing in two: 1. A heavily-modified, story-heavy D&D 3.5e campaign with 2 high school friends and my college DM and his family, set on a fascinating disk-shaped home-brew world stuck in a wandering pocket universe/plane. 2. A Labyrinth Lord campaign where we get...
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    D&D Movie/TV Hugh Grant To Play Villain in the D&D Movie

    Hugh Grant, huh? And the actress from I’m Not Okay With This (which was excellent, BTW). I don’t know if this the right cast, but it’s a good one. I wonder if they could go for a tone like an updated The Princess Bride (with the storybook meta replaced by gaming meta).
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    D&D 5E Sell Out: Hasbro and the Soul of D&D

    I was going to say the soul of D&D is people, but this works, too!
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    D&D 5E Sell Out: Hasbro and the Soul of D&D

    The phrase 'selling out' reminds me the commodification of authenticity has been going on for a long time and is probably inevitable in a late-stage consumer capitalist society. I'll have something more D&D-related to say about all this later, after a lot more coffee or maybe some workday...
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    Finally: Babylon 5 REMASTERED and Available for Streaming

    I liked O'Hare as Sinclair. Honestly, I preferred Sinclair to Sheridan. O'Hare had a great voice, well-suited for Serious Science Fiction (which was also gonzo space opera). Conway was great on Taxi. On B5... not so much. Enjoyed Biggs's very doctor-like performance as a doctor. Okay, I may...
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    Finally: Babylon 5 REMASTERED and Available for Streaming

    I compare everything to food & booze. So one month of commercial-free CBS for the new Star Trek series was $10. The price of fish and chips at my local. Or the price of 2 pints to go with it. So half the price of a single lunch out (sans tax and tip) in the Before Times!
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    Finally: Babylon 5 REMASTERED and Available for Streaming

    Yeah, the B5 remasters show what you can do with rescanning the original film, color correction, and good upscaling. Is there a reason you couldn't do the same for DS9? I remember the TNG remasters requiring a lot more effort & money, basically needing all there post-production work redone, but...
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    So what are you reading this year 2021?

    I'm now on to Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The prose isn't as assured as in Death on the Nile. The last cast of suspects, I mean characters, isn't introduced with the same precision and clarity, making the early chapters a tad confusing. On the plus side, it's narrated by...
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    D&D General What have you done with Orcs in your games?

    I've mainly done variant orcs in my campaign settings. I don't think I've ever used Pure Strain Tolkien orcs. In the World of the Islands, orcs and their fellow monstrous humanoids were the creation of Changer, one of the seventeen gods. Modifier of old species into new. They weren't evil...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    So I might need to think this thorough more. Or at all. But I do find the idea of a race of cow flayers inadvertently created by the radical diet of a sect of vegan Illithids in Sigil to be very... ahem... D&D.
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    I'd like to see a campaign set in a somewhat grittier version of Planescape's Sigil where stuff like this forms the basic conflict. You not trying to kill the D&D bestiary, you're trying to figure out to coexist with them in a planar metropolis.
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    Zack Snyder's Justice League - Official Trailer

    I like both Nolan and Snyder. They're very similar in that each has a limited bag of tricks, but those tricks are amazing (their technical skills, the strength of their compositions, distinctive visual styles, etc.). They both can make films where critical elements are missing -- like decent...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    1. Hire some unscrupulous druids to Awaken cows and pigs. 2. Lay brain-eggs in now-sentient cows and pigs. 3. Guilt-trip any non-vegetarian humans & humanoids who hassle them over it. 4. Profit!
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    Good lich seems easy. They're created with the blessing of a neutral or good death god's temple and serve as special guardians, defenders of the faith in times of crises, or even revered, immortal teachers. I think there's one in the campaign I recently joined, come to think...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    My college DM introduced me to honorable, Klingon-esque orcs 30 years ago. A lot of the recent WotC changes are things we've been doing for a long time now. Heck, I'm playing a lawful good hobgoblin in a campaign he's running with friends & family currently over Zoom. But I'll never get rid of...
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    D&D General Old School DND talks if DND is racist.

    I know it's bad form to reply to someone who's been kicked out of a thread, but since they quoted me, I feel the need to respond. Comparing modern social justice movements to the Nazis is crazy talk. Nazism was a grievance politics for the majority which targeted vulnerable minorities, helped...
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