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Author Topic: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista  (Read 4239 times)

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #75 on: January 12, 2022, 06:05:33 PM »
I for one am very happy to see D&D return to its Gygaxian routes :)
When was that cartoon published. I'm asking because the exact same gag was used (with a group actually seen playing) in Simon the Sorcerer (1st or 2nd part, can't remember), a point&click adventure from 1993 (or 1995 for the second part).

That was in the original DMG published in 1979.  D&D has always had silly / offbeat material. I just looked over my stack of old Dragon adventures, and saw a 1980 October adventure where the PCs are boy scouts with flashlights going into a haunted house.



Sure, but I'm guessing that one wasn't written by someone trying to push the ideological agenda that "being a boyscout is better than being an adventurer".
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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #76 on: January 13, 2022, 04:34:48 AM »

OK, I've looked over the adventure now, and it's very short. It does have two combats (against two mephits and against a young mimic), plus a few skill checks, one larger skill challenge, and then closing time. There isn't any involved or extended task system for the job. It's clearly intended to be humorous, but there aren't a lot of jokes past the concept.

It doesn't have unions, but it does have them fighting with the media - which I suppose is topical. :-)
2 combats, some skill checks/challenges and a map?

Sounds like pretty much a short lowbie adventure, and appropriate for the setting.
That settles half the problem.

The rest being the setting itself. I can shrug and say that Strixhaven isn't something that I'd want to run (I'd skin it, strip half the meat off of the bones and rewrite over the top of it from the Harry Potter wiki and run it for the Potter fans in my house.)  But it's at least of partial use, in theory. Ebberon or Ravnica is of zero use to me.

Particularly with the modern culture of bringing character backstory to the table instead of showing up with a more-or-less blank slate. I'm spinning up a new campaign for work, said explicitly that either approach to character building is welcome, and I'm sure that some of my players would love a two-hour interlude that ties into their backstory like this, as seasoning between more intense adventures or a bit of reified downtime.

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #77 on: January 13, 2022, 03:46:05 PM »


Also, LA/Portland/SF/NYC are all interchangeable as a culture of privileged woke-leftism.

Los Angeles and Seattle do NOT have the same coffee culture! And it wasn't "wokism" but specifically "running a Seattle coffee shop" you were ranting about. Not a thing in Los Angeles, where this author is from.

And no, DND Beyond isn't WOTC or Hasbro no matter how you try to spin it. Just a licensee. Zero percent chance this particular freebee was run by anyone at WOTC in any way.

Having spent time in both cities, I can assure you that while the working class and normal people of each city have different cultures, because they have a connection to place not a connection to ideology, the educated urban elites of both cities are exactly the same, and so are the ones in New York. They're only a little different from the ones in Toronto, and not all that different from the ones in London or Paris.  Because the culture of these people is not their place, it is their ideological allegiance.

And I know this because I was raised in and am part of that educated urban elite class. I'm just a class traitor.

I live and grew up in Los Angeles, and then lived in Oregon for three years and visited Portland and Seattle many times. And, bullshit. The educated elites in Los Angeles for the most part are not white anymore. In Seattle they are. In LA they are entertainment industry. In Seattle almost entirely tech. There really isn't much overlap.

And it turns out you didn't even bother to read the thing you were critiquing. Which is par for the course with you but not something you'd take kindly to if someone did it to one of your products (even a free one).

Your schtick needs a revamp Pundit. It's gotten lazy.

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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #78 on: January 13, 2022, 07:35:30 PM »
To be fair, for the people who would embrace this game, the concepts of having a job or any kind of normal social interaction probably are High Fantasy.
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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #79 on: January 14, 2022, 07:17:18 AM »
Glancing at it I hate to say it Pundit. But this one may be a relatively innocent little one off gag in the same vein as TSR used to do. This writer seems to have a fondness for older D&D romps and weirdness. It lacks the usual woke earning flags.
In isolation, sure.

But set against the backdrop of WotC shitting all over everything, it bodes poorly.

Except this is just the writers thing on Beyond far as I can tell. Not an official WOTC product.

Quick check and this guy works for Beyond, not WOTC apparently. That said Beyond has in the past tried to connect him to their SJW/Woke agenda. But a quick glance at his work so far does not show he supports it, or not.
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Re: I was Right: Newest D&D "Adventure" Makes you a Seattle Barista
« Reply #80 on: January 14, 2022, 08:28:27 PM »


Also, LA/Portland/SF/NYC are all interchangeable as a culture of privileged woke-leftism.

Los Angeles and Seattle do NOT have the same coffee culture! And it wasn't "wokism" but specifically "running a Seattle coffee shop" you were ranting about. Not a thing in Los Angeles, where this author is from.

And no, DND Beyond isn't WOTC or Hasbro no matter how you try to spin it. Just a licensee. Zero percent chance this particular freebee was run by anyone at WOTC in any way.

Having spent time in both cities, I can assure you that while the working class and normal people of each city have different cultures, because they have a connection to place not a connection to ideology, the educated urban elites of both cities are exactly the same, and so are the ones in New York. They're only a little different from the ones in Toronto, and not all that different from the ones in London or Paris.  Because the culture of these people is not their place, it is their ideological allegiance.

And I know this because I was raised in and am part of that educated urban elite class. I'm just a class traitor.

I live and grew up in Los Angeles, and then lived in Oregon for three years and visited Portland and Seattle many times. And, bullshit. The educated elites in Los Angeles for the most part are not white anymore. In Seattle they are. In LA they are entertainment industry. In Seattle almost entirely tech. There really isn't much overlap.

And it turns out you didn't even bother to read the thing you were critiquing. Which is par for the course with you but not something you'd take kindly to if someone did it to one of your products (even a free one).

Your schtick needs a revamp Pundit. It's gotten lazy.

You're lying in almost every statement you made here. I mean, we know you're only here to troll, but you've gotten lazy.
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