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  • This is awesome news, which is very welcome coming from CofD.
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  • Try googling, “is gypsy a slur?” You’ll find that this forum is far from alone in acknowledging the word’s pejorative nature.

    Granted, it’s not really common knowledge that the word is pejorative, but it’s not like the information isn’t out there or nobody talks about it....
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  • The word transvestite has a ton of baggage. Its literal meaning is one who wears the clothes that cross gender boundaries, but it has often been (and still is, though not as often as it has been) conflated with transsexual (a word with its own heavy baggage) and transgender. This conflation is rooted in and symptomatic of transphobic views that frame transness as a game of dress-up at best and a malicious deception at worst. Now, I know that Richard O’Brien did not meant it this way when he wrote the Rocky Horror Show (although as a side-note, he has expressed some very out-dated and backwards...
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  • But the word can and does recall that belittling even when used in a different context.


    Incorrect. It is what words are used to mean, not what they are commonly understood to mean, that gives them meaning. That’s why figuratively has become a valid definition of the word literally. People understand that it means the opposite, and still use it to mean figuratively, as a means of illustrative hyperbole. That makes it a valid definition, due to usage, not understanding. Many people have used and do use the g-word to bully Roma, and so it is a bullying word, whether most people...
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  • It is absolutely a bullying word. It is a word used, among other things, to bully and belittle Roma.


    Dictionaries take time to catch up with language as it is actually used. Common understanding is lacking, and excusing the use of words that marginalize and demean is counterproductive to the aim of improving common understanding. The British statute book is contributing to systematic discrimination. And I don’t know who made that website, but they should have done better. This all comes down to the is-ought problem. Just because a the word is commonly used does not mean it...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Final version of Hero just dropped!
    Hey folks, if you’re going to comment on the artwork, please be sure to keep it respectful. Avoid value judgments like “horrible” and stick to expressions of personal preference like “not my style.”
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  • I’ve been so excited for this game, I can’t wait to try it! Unfortunately, I’m strapped for cash at the moment, so I’m going to have to settle for reading reviews until I can bounce back.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Update to D&D sports: Apparently WotC never had anything to do with it, it was put together by DnD Beyond and Encounter Roleplaying. And they’ve been real quick to change the name from DnD Sports to RPG Sports. Ostensibly because of how much interest they’ve seen on social media for the concept to expand outside of D&D, but I’d wager it’s really because Hazbro’s lawyers told them to.
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  • Yes, lack of awareness that this word is quite hurtful to many is a problem. Ignoring the harm it can do, or arguing against people who describe it as a slur does not help solve that problem.


    Legal language is often out of date with sociopolitical movements, and there will always be members of marginalized groups who reclaim slurs for themselves. That does not make it ok for people outside those groups to use the reclaimed slur. In general, don’t use bullying words unless you know how it feels to be called by them with malice. And the image you describe is tied to a lot of...
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  • In the context in which it was used for the title of the book in question, it absolutely was a racial slur.


    Yes, and the word beginning with R that is often used to refer to people with all manner of mental and sometimes social disabilities also has a completely legitimate medical defininition. It’s still a slur. When someone has been hurt by a word, hearing the word used can still open old wounds, even when it is being used in a different context. The effects our words have on people are more important than the intent we put behind them. I’m sure Fleetwood Mac did not...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Oh, gotcha. Yeah, WoW was the game the cooldown-based resource management was compared to at the time. As though D&D hasn’t been using cooldown-based resource management from the beginning. 4e just sped up some of the cooldowns and gave them to everyone....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Gotta say, I don’t see the resemblance to Overwatch....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    I do think there’s potential in the idea of a tabletop MOBA. I just don’t think D&D 5e is the right game for it. 4e would have been a much better fit. Ideally though, you’d want to design s new ruleset specifically for that purpose. And at the end of the day you might have something that looks more like a board game or a tactical minis game than like a traditional RPG.
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  • Umm... nothing in that quote conflates right wing people or Catholics with nazis. I’m assuming there is something being lost in translation here. “Alt-righter” does not refer to all people of right-wing political persuasion. It is very specifically that the name that a large portion of modern white supremicists use to describe themselves....
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  • ParaWolf isn’t a person, it’s a portmanteau of Paradox and White Wolf, and it refers to White Wolf, the relatively new company owned by Paradox Interactive who currently own the rights to the World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness IPs. Saur Ops is presumably using this name to avoid confusion with White Wolf, the company that created those IPs, got bought by Crowd Control Productions, dissolved, and had it’s name and IPs sold to Crowd Control.

    One of the first press releases by the company Paradox spun off and gave the name White Wolf to included, among other things, a...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    It just seems like such a strange choice to me. For one thing, they seem really late to the esports bandwagon. It feels like something an out-of-touch Hazbro suit would have suggested. “Hey, esports are big, aren’t they? Let’s get in on some of that money.” And then 5e seems like totally the wrong system for it, because combat is so streamlined. I could have understood it with 4e, which was very tactical and “videogamey,” or like, AD&D with its wargaming roots. Even 3e has more tactical combat than 5e. At least if they were doing the old school D&D tournament style where teams...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    So, on an unrelated note, D&D is trying to get in on the esports thing.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Have you tried Pinterest? That’s usually a pretty good source for character art....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Halflings aren’t that much smaller either, and if you’re the sort who needs an in-fiction explanation for small races not having a strength score penalty, there you go.


    To be honest, I’ve never seen push/pull/lift values actually come up in game. Carrying capacity I could see being lower, but also their equipment is going to be smaller, so may as well just abstrat it as, the differences roughly balance each other out and save yourself some math.


    This is exactly my point though. A Halfling makes a strictly suboptimal barbarian because of strength modifiers....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Well, for one thing, smaller doesn’t necessarily mean weaker. Look at chimpanzees. More importantly, 5e has some great features representing halflings’ size. For one thing, they’re in the Small size category instead of Medium, and a number of their features take advantage of that. For instance, they can pass through the spaces of larger creatures without spending extra movement, and lightfoot Halflings can attempt to hide when only obscured by a larger creature. They do also have size related drawbacks, such as having 5 feet less movement speed and being unable to use weapons with the Heavy...
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    Last edited by Charlaquin; 10-16-2018, 03:34 PM.

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