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I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« on: January 10, 2022, 08:57:29 AM »
I have been saying for ages that the Wokist agenda for #dnd5e is to turn every setting into 2021 Seattle culture.
Now there's proof positive: the newest #dnd adventure is where you work as baristas at fantasy-Starbucks.


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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2022, 09:03:39 AM »
Where's the barf emoji??
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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2022, 09:46:52 AM »
I'll bet they don't use moka-pot's in there.


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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2022, 12:41:40 PM »
Please tell me you are kidding....
"I do not want to create a story, I want to create a stage. The player characters will perform on that stage and interact with the setting. When the players talk to their friends about what their characters did, then there will be a story."

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2022, 01:44:37 PM »
Please tell me you are kidding....

  He's not kidding: https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1118-free-d-d-adventure-work-at-strixhavens-firejolt

  The 64,000-gp question on this whole concept: Why would anyone use D&D for it?

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2022, 02:01:31 PM »
Please tell me you are kidding....

  He's not kidding: https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1118-free-d-d-adventure-work-at-strixhavens-firejolt

  The 64,000-gp question on this whole concept: Why would anyone use D&D for it?

An even bigger question would be: Why would anyone use ANY RPG for it? As opposed to...you know. Taking a job in the lucrative field of coffee "artistry" and leaving TTRPGs the hell alone.  ::)

But hipsters gonna hipsterize.  :-X

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2022, 02:04:32 PM »
  He's not kidding: https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1118-free-d-d-adventure-work-at-strixhavens-firejolt

While technically "just" a free scenario - that is still a very interesting trial balloon to float...

And here was me thinking that it would take half a decade after the 50th not-edition for things to really go south for D&D.

It seems that 2024 will be a very interesting year, and has a very high chance for generating that 'Last Jedi' moment for any D&D fan that likes actual adventure.

When the wind goes out of the current pop-culture sails that have been moving D&D along; I think that the collapse in the player base will take a lot of people by surprise.
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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2022, 03:38:54 PM »
Please tell me you are kidding....

  He's not kidding: https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1118-free-d-d-adventure-work-at-strixhavens-firejolt

  The 64,000-gp question on this whole concept: Why would anyone use D&D for it?

Holy fuck, they are out to destroy the game.....

Quote from: Adventure Text
Adventure summary-

The adventure takes place over the course of the characters' first day of work at the Firejolt Café. Their manager, Ellina Tanglewood, scheduled the group for training but quickly falls ill. She trusts the characters to work together to run the café as she recovers.

Player objectives-

 Clean the coffee machine.
 Successfully fulfill drink orders during the morning rush.
 Save customers from the monster hidden in the newsstand.
 Work together to complete a complex drink order.

I watched a guy in all seriousness, post that he was creating a Traveller campaign based on Season 1 of The Golden Girls. Players told him that it was a dumb idea, people just aren't going to be interested.

This Coffeshop D&D adventure is just as dumb and uninteresting.

EDIT: It is 3:40pm where I am. Time to start drinking.....
« Last Edit: January 10, 2022, 03:40:29 PM by jeff37923 »
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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2022, 03:49:49 PM »

An even bigger question would be: Why would anyone use ANY RPG for it? As opposed to...you know. Taking a job in the lucrative field of coffee "artistry" and leaving TTRPGs the hell alone.  ::)

But hipsters gonna hipsterize.  :-X

  I can see the high concept as working for a Teenagers from Outer Space or East Texas University game, but D&D?

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2022, 03:59:25 PM »
Can’t wait for the rationalization on this one from the usual suspects. Should be entertaining.

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2022, 04:04:54 PM »

An even bigger question would be: Why would anyone use ANY RPG for it? As opposed to...you know. Taking a job in the lucrative field of coffee "artistry" and leaving TTRPGs the hell alone.  ::)

But hipsters gonna hipsterize.  :-X

  I can see the high concept as working for a Teenagers from Outer Space or East Texas University game, but D&D?

A single TFOS adventure, maybe. If the campaign is TFOS: The College Years. I'd play that.

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2022, 04:36:03 PM »

An even bigger question would be: Why would anyone use ANY RPG for it? As opposed to...you know. Taking a job in the lucrative field of coffee "artistry" and leaving TTRPGs the hell alone.  ::)

But hipsters gonna hipsterize.  :-X

  I can see the high concept as working for a Teenagers from Outer Space or East Texas University game, but D&D?

A single TFOS adventure, maybe. If the campaign is TFOS: The College Years. I'd play that.

I might use it as a plot hook in a modern world or futuristic setting (you get hired by a Barista shop after all their workers quit following strange occurrences and a dead body around the shop), but the main drive of the adventure is gonna be figuring out WTF is wrong with the shop and uncovering some kind of cultist activity going on around the area (followed by tracking them to their home base and ending some cultists) or something to that effect, not serving costumers and figuring out some super complex order as a team activity.

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2022, 05:08:28 PM »

A single TFOS adventure, maybe. If the campaign is TFOS: The College Years. I'd play that.

  Oh, yes, I meant a single adventure, probably a single-session one to relieve tension between major events.

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2022, 05:58:49 PM »
It’s not an objectively bad idea. I can imagine a game dedicated to mundane activities like running a coffee shop, buying clothes, cooking meals, etc. Young kids are curious about this kind of thing.

But in a fantasy adventure game, it’s just a terrible, boring, and insulting concept. It’s a joke you might have at the table while playing a real adventure.

It is a sign that the wokerati are trying to destroy D&D? Possibly. Is it a test to see if Hasbro can build out D&D into new markets (kids, Harry Potter fans, and fans of magical reality)? Probably. Are these motivations mutually exclusive? No.

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2022, 06:02:23 PM »
I can see the high concept as working for a Teenagers from Outer Space or East Texas University game, but D&D?

A single TFOS adventure, maybe. If the campaign is TFOS: The College Years. I'd play that.

Yeah, I don't know about the specific adventure, but I'd play a silly concept like that - even in D&D. I've had a blast playing a drunken journalist in my friend Russell's games. Those used a niche system (the SFX RPG) -- but it really didn't matter much what system we were using. When I was a kid, Dragon magazine would regularly have all sorts of silly stuff in their April issues. Plenty of that material seemed terrible to actually play through, but I didn't see anything wrong with it existing.

For more silliness, check out the licensed Wendy's RPG Feast of Legends where you can play fast food adventures.

It seems like the implication is "Hey, someone made a silly free mini-adventure" -- to "This is the new future of D&D".