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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    I'll be honest, I don't think "fantasy races" is particularly problematic. While some fantasy races are inspired by real world cultures or ethnicities quite a few others are just basically fantastical and there's no society in the real world that particularly resembles that fantasy group. At this point regardless of Tolkeen's intentions when he made dwarves, dwarves exist as their own thing separate from Tolkeen, and when someone logs onto World of Warcraft and makes a dwarf, they're not thinking, "These guys are stand ins for Jews."

    I also don't really see what...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    I generally agree. At the same time though, there are definitely situations where a piece of paper like this could be useful.

    First, some players might feel a little uncomfortable in talking with someone they don't know all that well, especially if they're worried about the ST or other players deciding to play "armchair psychologist," whereas they might be more willing to be upfront if it's just a matter of filling in a piece of paper. The paper creates a certain level of detachment which can be useful for players who might have trouble talking about stuff that they have...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    I mean, it doesn't seem hard to me.

    If one of your players says, "Hey, were you aware that this group of X that you designed contains a lot of tropes or ideas that are problematic and have been used as a way to oppress or hurt people. I didn't care much for that," I think the proper response would be to go, "Whoops. I didn't mean to do that and wasn't aware of it. Sorry if you or anyone else found that offensive or upsetting!" That's really all it takes.

    If you want, you can then go on, "Here was my thought process for how I created this group...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    In general if I hurt someone and didn't mean to do it, I'll apologize for doing it. While I didn't intend to do harm to that person, I did harm them nevertheless and they deserve an apology for that. On the other hand if I hurt someone because I intended to hurt them, then I'm not going to apologize for hurting them (or if I do apologize it would probably be a very sarcastic and demeaning one).

    So in my experience, if Person A hurts Person B, and Person B points this out ("Hey, that hurt. Please don't do that.") and Person A refuses to issue an apology or stop doing it,...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    In my experience, for the most part people tend to link dwarves much more to Ireland or Scotland than to Jews anyway (probably because so many dwarves have had various sorts of Irish/Scottish accents in media). While Tolkeen was definitely a racist asshole, the things he created have moved well outside the bounds of The Lord of the Rings, and I think it's possible to look at various fantasy races/breeds/creatures/whatever without necessarily having that heavily colored by what Tolkeen intended.

    These days, when people are thinking about dwarves in the Forgotten Realms or whatever,...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Yeah, I don't think using the word "fantasy races" means that those fantasy races should be viewed as analogous to ideas involving race in the real world.

    That said, going back to the thread topic, if someone is getting triggered by the words "fantasy race" because when they hear race they start thinking about real-world racism, then what would be a good word to use instead? Fantasy breeds? Fantasy species? Fantasy creatures?
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Well that's general Halflings. Halflings were D&D's "Hobbit race" and like Hobbits, they tended to have very hairy feet with thick soles. As a result, they preferred not to wear shoes since, not because of anything racist, but simply because of how hairy their feet were, they found stuffing their feet into shoes uncomfortable, and due to the thick soles of their feet, shoes largely unnecessary. Some, of course, liked to wear shoes for various reasons, but those reasons tended to be fairly personal.

    But the Scarred Lands has its own take on Halflings, and I'd guess their...
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  • AnubisXy
    started a topic Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

    Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

    Awesome and badass....
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to WoW RPG
    It's not very likely. I was under the impression that White Wolf was only hired to create a set number of RPG books and basically lost the license to the game almost a decade ago. At this point I imagine reacquiring it would be rather prohibitive considering how large the franchise, and Blizzard, have gotten since then....
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to The Wyrm in China
    If I were to run a Werewolf game in China, I'd probably focus on the Weaver as much as the Wyrm. I'd probably want to focus pretty heavily on the "Ghost Cities." In its rush to urbanize, China has constructed vast cities in the middle of nowhere, literally. Traditionally cities tend to be built around important resources (like water supplies). With China, they just start plopping down massive urban cities in various places with the idea in mind, "It doesn't matter where it is, if you build a city people will move to it."

    So what ended up happening was that these...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Exalts and their areas of expertise
    In addition to the mechanical area of expertise, it might be worth considering an Exalted's area of expertise in terms of setting and story. For example a Dragon Blooded, as one of the Princes of the Earth, is going to tend to receive a very different (and probably much better) reception in much of Creation than a Solar or Lunar or Abyssal Anathema or a Sidereal who is forced to don on a Resplendent Destiny or Liminals when their true nature comes out.

    So I think there could be an argument that, "interacting with the general setting," is sort of an area of expertise for...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I hate that not even a month after my friends and family called me to make sure I was okay after a mass shooting in my town, I had to call them to make sure they were okay after a mass shooting in their town.
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to The D&D thread
    So whenever I make a new race I always find a core race to use as a baseline, and then figure out how to modify the new race up or down depending. So the first race yours reminded me of are Tieflings.

    Tieflings get: +1 Int, +2 Cha. Darkvision, Resistance to Fire damage, they can cast the Thaumaturgy cantrip an unlimited number of times per day, the Hellish Rebuke spell once per day and the Darkness spell once per day.

    Looking at your race they're extremely versatile. They have two possible score bonuses (+1 Int, +2 Cha or +2 Int, +1 Cha). They also have 5 different "sub-types"...
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    Last edited by AnubisXy; 08-30-2019, 06:21 PM.

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  • AnubisXy
    replied to The D&D thread
    Sounds interesting, I'll check it out. Does it take place in the Mwangi Expanse then? I ran an extended campaign (took about a year and a half to complete) which pulled in parts of the Skull and Shackles adventure path, and it ended up primarily taking place in the Nwangi Expanse. It's an area that never got super explored or fleshed out in the main setting beyond an overview book or two, so I'd be interested in seeing what they do with it. Plus, I'm always down for friendly kobolds (or even unfriendly kobolds truth be told. Kobolds are just kind cool.).
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Ideal Number of Players
    For me, 3-5 players is perfect. More than that and I start running into issues with making sure that every character can get time in the spotlight during a given session. Fewer than that and if something comes up and a player can't make it to the session or has to leave early, the session pretty much has to stop since it's hard to keep it going.

    The biggest game I ever played in was a 3rd edition D&D game with 9 players and boy, that was a pretty terrible experience. A single combat would take almost half of the session, so the pacing of the campaign was glacial....
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to The D&D thread
    I find Illithids are creatures who elicit pity but not sympathy. It's unfortunate that the body they inhabit was forced to be a brain eating parasite, and it's too bad the brain eating parasite has been indoctrinated in various ways, but... at the end of the day they murder people and eat their brains. They have to eat the brain of a sentient creatures at least once a month or die, and that's fasting levels so most prefer eating at least two brains per month to stay healthy. If you see an Illithid walking around, it's pretty safe to say it killed anywhere from 12-24 people in the last year, since...
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    Last edited by AnubisXy; 08-27-2019, 03:50 PM.

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  • AnubisXy
    replied to The D&D thread
    I find some players just aren't interested in exploring ethical dilemmas in RPGs. For them, it's basically pizza and beer night and where they can have fun stomping through dungeons, killing monsters and getting loot. They're not interested in examining moral aspects of the setting, they just want to kick ass and get levels. So when other people start interjecting these ethical arguments into the game, they tend to lose interest. I think that's a legitimate way to play the game. It's not necessarily my cup of tea, but if that's how people have fun, it's okay with me. If I'm at the table with a...
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  • I'm generally not a fan of cross-splay hybrids, but I don't have a huge issue with Sobek since the Followers of Set are basically the crossover Vampire clan. They've crossed over into a lot of game lines (Werewolf, Wraith, Mummy, Mage). I think Changeling was the only major line they didn't put in an appearance in. The Followers also seem to truck with Abominations a bit since two of the named Abominations in the game are Settites.

    Though honestly I tend to view Abominations more through the lens of antagonists for Werewolf games than as characters for more typical VtM chronicles....
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  • Before each session I usually try to write out a couple of pages as a short story that people can read before we play. These stories will flesh out the world in some way. For example, they might show what's going on with important NPC's in the setting, or show how parts of the setting where the PCs are not currently located are changing. I will also sometimes write these as flashback memories for a couple of characters if they are going somewhere or doing something for which having a past connection to a place or an individual is important.

    Additionally, I will also sometimes have...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Is there a way to stop Voormas?
    You could just put a post on Facebook like, "Hey everyone, remember our successful raid into Area 51? Well there's this creepy castle that's said to be haunted. So we're going to go flush out all of the ghosts on X date! Everyone get together and we're going to Naruto-run our way through this castle and see if we can spot any spooky ghosts!"

    Can you imagine Voormas' letting out a Darth Vader style "NOOOOOOOO!" in absolute horror as thousands of Sleepers dressed in Naruto cosplay descend on his castle and start running around wrecking all of his carefully laid...
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