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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know what I love MK I
    Your username is accurate....
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  • As a genderfluid person, it’s kind of a shrodinger’s cat situation as to whether or not any given character I play is the same gender as me. But I play characters of genders and ages across the board.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    I wouldn’t be opposed to dropping Vancian casting completely, but I think if they’re going to use it they should go all the way with it. 5e “neo-vancian” has all the clunkiness of Vancian with half the resource management challenge....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    The thing is, there’s basically no way to explain a people having inborn alignment tendencies (especially tendencies towards evil or chaos) without mirroring rhetoric that has been used to justify real-world racism. Whether the reason is a curse, or degeneracycorruption from another race, or due to some genetic predisposition, all of these explanations have also been used to excuse racism against real-world peoples. Racial alignment tendencies are just never not going to have uncomfortable parallels.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Science Fiction being "on the nose?"
    Often the critique is meant to express that the work feels like it was made to preach first and to entertain second, and many folks don’t like feeling like they’re being preached to. Other times, it’s used to express that an allegory is being used too literally, which can cause unintended implications. For an excellent breakdown of the latter issue, check out Jack Saint’s video on Zootopia and the pitfalls of race allegory, and potentially his two subsequent videos on Beastars. https://youtu.be/7oR6iET6FVo

    Without knowing more details about your story idea, it’s difficult to assess...
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  • Also, it wasn’t just WotC’s opinion that most players weren’t playing past 10th level, it was what the actual data showed. And continues to show. They considered designing 5th edition around 10 levels of play because the vast majority of games end by or before the time the characters reach 10th level, and it makes sense to focus on making the typical play experience as strong as possible rather than building twice as much scaling into the game as most players will ever need. They ended up going with 20 levels because they were trying to hone in on what makes D&D “feel like D&D”...
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  • I don’t think most folks are particularly interested in playing gods and kings.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Yeah, it’s not a good movie.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Hmm... Not nearly as extensive a rewrite as I had hoped, though I suppose the kind of ground-up redesign I would have preferred would have been beyond the scope of a simple revision to an already-in-print adventure. Here’s hoping the other two books featuring Vistani take this further.

    On the other hand, I’m not part of the affected group, so it’s not my place to say if the changes go far enough or not....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Indeed. It is the promise of a start though. I also noticed that they consistently used “people” (and in one instance “folk”) in place of “race” in the article. Maybe it’s too much to hope for them to make such a change in future printings of existing products, but I would be so delighted if they did....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Looks like WotC is taking some real action steps towards addressing some of the racist undertones in D&D. They just posted an article on their website outlining some of these steps.

    https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/fea...ersity-and-dnd

    One bullet point in particular made me shout “YES!” when I read it, accidentally startling my partner, but they were equally pleased when I showed them:



    The rest of the post is similarly pleasing....
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