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General Major League D&D

Aebir-Toril

Creator of the Elfgrinder Mech
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As you can see from the beautiful logo above, the Major League culture has finally come to Dungeons and Dragons, or, it can, with your help.

What tropes would be an element of "MLD" D&D?

What are the table-top equivalents of OBEY hats, Doritos, and other things which I'm probably not allowed to mention?

This isn't a serious thread, but it could be.

69 MLD Fireball it
 

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Eltab

Hero
Foam "We're Number One" Finger you can put on your mini after you roll a Crit for an attack roll.
Your target's mini gets a placard to wear that looks like somebody dripped ketchup and mustard on it - or a placard that looks like broken-open peanut shells. Because you are about to eat his lunch.

PS. Either the second 'D' or the background should be a not-red color.
 

Unwise

Adventurer
1. A key cleric being kicked out of the party/team because they made a political statement on twitter.

"Losing their main healer just before a dragon-fight. Things have gone from bad to worse for the Ottowa Owlbears Jim. This will really hurt their rankings this season!"
"I guess they should have invested more into that low-level NPC cleric Bob. Depth is important in a roster."

2. A 1000+% pay disparity based on the player's gender.

3. Banners of a blind beholder to taunt the DM/Ref for making a bad call.

4. Dice jails in the player dugouts.

5. Fans ritualistically 'blessing' the players dice as they walk into the stadium

6. Players that loath each other being forced to play together in the same adventuring party
 


Aebir-Toril

Creator of the Elfgrinder Mech
Foam "We're Number One" Finger you can put on your mini after you roll a Crit for an attack roll.
Your target's mini gets a placard to wear that looks like somebody dripped ketchup and mustard on it - or a placard that looks like broken-open peanut shells. Because you are about to eat his lunch.

PS. Either the second 'D' or the background should be a not-red color.
Oh I know, I designed it in about 3 seconds. Thanks for the suggestions!
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I recognise “Major League” as an American phrase but I realise I don’t actually have a clue what it is. Could you explain for those of us who live elsewhere? It’s (American) football related, I assume?
 

Aebir-Toril

Creator of the Elfgrinder Mech
I recognise “Major League” as an American phrase but I realise I don’t actually have a clue what it is. Could you explain for those of us who live elsewhere? It’s (American) football related, I assume?
No, it's actually related to a company, and an associated set of cultural references having to do with professional gaming and such. Major League Gaming was a company owned by Activision Blizzard, and the term "MLG" (Major League Gamer or Major League Gaming) is used to refer to professional gamers, and/or jokingly used to refer to a certain subset of video-gaming culture.

The MLG subculture itself has been characterized by OBEY hats, drugs and drug references, certain brands of soft drink and/or snacks, and many, many other things, like the numbers 420 (a drug reference), 360, and 69.

It's often used as a meme of sorts.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I recognise “Major League” as an American phrase but I realise I don’t actually have a clue what it is. Could you explain for those of us who live elsewhere? It’s (American) football related, I assume?
More broadly, "major league" is a reference to US professional sports structure. Not just football - the same basic structure is used for football, baseball, hockey, basketball, and other team sports.

We have major leagues, minor leagues, and college sports. The minor leagues and college sports are where players typically get their start, and good players are then transferred up to the major leagues. Minor leagues are also sometimes called "developmental leagues" as this is where players can develop their skills and abilities before hitting the majors.

Typically: college sports teams are associated with a university or college. Minor league sports teams are associated with smaller towns. Major league sports are associated with States or larger metropolitan areas.
 

Funny I was thinking of starting a D&D 5E game set in a gaming league of some sort. Just started giving some thought to it just within the last week or so. Its probably gonna be some kind of tournament MMA/gladiator set in Ysgard. Thats about as far as I got.
 



Typically: college sports teams are associated with a university or college. Minor league sports teams are associated with smaller towns. Major league sports are associated with States or larger metropolitan areas.
Waterdeeps Field of Triumph and New Olahm College come to mind.
 

Celebrim

Legend
I recognise “Major League” as an American phrase but I realise I don’t actually have a clue what it is. Could you explain for those of us who live elsewhere? It’s (American) football related, I assume?
It's equivalent to the phrase "First Division" in Europe (your "Premier League"). It means the highest level of competition.

It's taken from the oldest and most complex sporting organization in US professional sports, "Major League Baseball", which is the only US professional sports structure that has as roots as deep as something like the English football league system. However, the two have evolved in very different directions. While the hierarchy of the English football league system is built from a time when all the teams were more or less equal amateur clubs, and in theory they still compete in that manner and any could be promoted up to the first division with sufficiently skilled play, the US league hierarchy is strictly professional with a single club at the top of a pyramid of smaller franchises that feed successful players up to the highest level.

See also "Major League Soccer".
 

Celebrim

Legend
That is basically Rounders...
Unsurprising, since if you go back to before we split from the crown, they were basically the same game.

It's a bit of irony that in America, baseball or "Rounders" as you call it is considered a manly sport, while in England it's mostly played by school girls, where as in England Association Football is considered a manly sport, while in the USA it's considered to be mostly fit for school girls.
 


Unsurprising, since if you go back to before we split from the crown, they were basically the same game.

It's a bit of irony that in America, baseball or "Rounders" as you call it is considered a manly sport, while in England it's mostly played by school girls, where as in England Association Football is considered a manly sport, while in the USA it's considered to be mostly fit for school girls.
And Rugby is played in full plate in the USA. Presumably so the players can dump-stat dexterity and put some extra points into intelligence, so they can understand the esoteric scoring system.
 

Celebrim

Legend
And Rugby is played in full plate in the USA. Presumably so the players can dump-stat dexterity and put some extra points into intelligence, so they can understand the esoteric scoring system.
There is significant intelligence required from many of the positions on an Gridiron football team, but the scoring system is not that different from Rugby League, which is not surprising because back before we broke from the crown they were basically the same sport. They just evolved and got formally codified differently.

"Touchdown" (Try in Rugby): 6 points, versus 4 points in Rugby League
"Extra Point" (Goal Kick in Rugby): 1 point, versus 2 points in Rugby League
"Field Goal" (Drop Goal in Rugby): 3 points, versus 1 point in Rugby League
"Safety" (Penalty in Rugby): 2 points, also 2 points in Rugby League

Now, as for the intelligence required, Gridiron football is the most tactically complex sport on the planet, owing to the fact that it relies so heavily on complex set pieces and relatively little on improvisation.

To give an example for the unversed that might give a glimpse into this:


The real dump stat in Grid Iron football compared to Rugby or Soccer is Constitution. On the spectrum of the importance of power versus the importance of endurance, American football is much closer to Sumo Wrestling than Soccer (with Rugby in the middle). It is a mistake to assume those fat guys in American Football aren't dexterous and fast. They may weigh 320lb but they are plenty graceful. What they can't necessarily do is run continuously for long periods.

Incidentally, that's one of the problems soccer has catching on in the US. In the US there is a bias that for a sport to be manly, it requires a man of significant size to play it well. Soccer with its emphasis on endurance and speed tends to favor smaller men, which goes against the American stereotype of a roughly 6'4" 240lb man as being ideal in physique.
 
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