I'm talking stuff like "rangers suck" or "bards are always horny." I'm talking plots like rescuing the princess, meeting your evil twin, or finding out that it was all a dream. Sure these things can be done well, but they also tend to elicit an immediate eye-roll when they come up. So before you attack your keyboard with "I did THING in my game, and it was the best THING ever," remember that this is more about pet-peeves than never-do-this-under-any-circumstance.
So how about about it? Which played-out D&D trope needs to die?
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Races, no. But regions and professions, yep. (Folks on the islands sound differently from the folks on the mainland, and those who earn their living in the mines sound different than those who earn their living on the fishing boats.)
The only place I've seen Scottish dwarves is Critical Role, I think. I like my dwarves with a northern English accent (that's how they're always portrayed in Warhammer computer games).
The first time I encountered a Scottish accent for dwarves was in World of Warcraft back before it was an MMO. I admit I do the psuedo-Scottish accent nowadays, but before the game came out I would just do a bit deeper voice than normal.The only place I've seen Scottish dwarves is Critical Role, I think. I like my dwarves with a northern English accent (that's how they're always portrayed in Warhammer computer games).
It matters little as I'm very bad at mimicking accents, so whatever I'm trying to do is rarely recognisable.
Do you want an exotic theme park or a setting with consistent world building? You can’t have nice peasants and a pseudo-medieval hellscape full of bandits and monsters with a bazillion horrible modus operandi centered on killing and eating said peasants.
Realistically, the peasants should all be 40k Catachans.
And the Orc MimesDon’t forget the halflings with vigorous German accents.