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Author Topic: The Goblin Defense Fund  (Read 530 times)

cnath.rm

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« on: November 10, 2007, 11:11:12 am »
In case any of you haven't heard about this interesting and perhaps worthy (of a read) cause. :)  You can find out more about the GDF (and their plans to bribe the 4ed D&D writers) HERE

Some bits that amused me. :)

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“D&D: 3E” manages to besmirch, belittle, and degrade this fine race so obsessively one would think goblins had killed the lead designer’s dog, stolen his car, and run off with his wife.  


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As far as this supposed fondness for torture is concerned, we see no reason to dignify this ridiculous, unsupported claim with a response – except to say that if a marauding group of adventurers invaded a goblins’ home, and strolled from room to room killing women and children, taking their 2d6 copper pieces, they deserve whatever punishment that happens to get meted out.


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Perhaps the less that is said about the alignment switch from ‘lawful evil’ to ‘chaotic’, the better. Clearly, if these quick-and-easy alignment labels had any meaning at all, Goblinkind would not be ‘lawful’ in 1978 and ‘chaotic’ a mere five years later. One’s worldviews simply do not change that rapidly, or are we to assume that all of Goblinkind attended college in a foreign country in the intervening years?


On the 3rd ed entry
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Let us begin by acknowledging one huge improvement over prior entries. Finally, the authors deign to give the standard (non-warrior) goblin “Average” Intelligence and Wisdom. Admittedly, this comes at the cost of a below-average Charisma score. This is no surprise – after all, Charisma is one of those traits that are in the eye of the beholder, and the sad fact is that most readers of the Monster Manual are daisy-munching elf-lovers with man-crushes on Orlando Bloom, quite incapable of appreciating the quiet dignity of goblins’ “drab, soiled-looking colors.” Still, if this was the sum total of the racism against the fine goblin race, we could all applaud heartily – goblins are finally recognized as being as intelligent and wise as any other race.  
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2007, 05:17:46 am »
Lol! Good stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2007, 08:12:03 am »
Wish they had a banner--I'd love to put a clickthrough one  on my website.

Great stuff! :)

EDIT:  found 'em!
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