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…as one with very little change, further degradation of art quality, and yet wildly successful.

All input is welcome.
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Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« Last post by Ratman_tf on October 01, 2022, 07:34:50 PM »
I just finished binge watching The Good Doctor series on Hulu. The premise is an autistic doctor with savant syndrome becomes a surgical resident after completing his medical schooling. Most of the show revolves around Shaun (the good doctor) and his dealing with autism, other people, and being a "miracle" doctor who pulls insights, cures, techniques out of his head at the dramatically appropriate time.
It's exec produced by David Shore, who also exec produced House MD. If you've watched House, some of the "tricks" will be repeated in TGD. Lots of drama, a hospital cursed with all of the rarest and most exotic medical maladies imaginable, and montages of people walking in slow motion set to maudlin music.
I liked House, and I liked The Good Doctor, for the most part. And now comes the commentary about the culture war, because this show is thick in it. Many times I'd be rolling my eyes at a character proclaiming how racist the world and especially the US is. Some insipid snipes about 'mansplaining', when a male character called female co-workers 'ladies'. There were times where it got so that I was seriously considering dropping the show.
So, season 5 ended on a cliffhanger, and the new season is scheduled to start this week. Not intentional timing on my part, but convenient.

I'll watch season 6 to find out how things turn out.
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: Sell/Unsell me on ACKS
« Last post by PencilBoy99 on October 01, 2022, 06:52:19 PM »
The guy who wrote it is very thoughtful - deep thinking about how RPG mechanics work the way they do. His RPG advice book is terrific (and really applies to any RPG) - can't recommend it enough.
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: Sell/Unsell me on ACKS
« Last post by ZeroSum on October 01, 2022, 06:42:57 PM »
To add to the previous ACKS praise, I'll say that one thing I like a lot about the system is how much thought went into it. This isn't just some fantasy heartbreaker D&D spin-off someone banged out because everyone else was selling their B/X house rules and it shows.
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: jrpg inspired ttrpg?
« Last post by weirdguy564 on October 01, 2022, 06:29:57 PM »
If you want traditional Japanese set in a fantasy version of medieval Japan I can suggest two games.

Shinobi & Samurai.  Its a very traditional D&D OSR set of rules.  It is also quite rules lite with only 80'ish pages long.  And its FREE.

http://taxidermicowlbear.weebly.com/uploads/2/3/7/4/23742956/shinobi__samurai_1.0b.pdf

However, there is a paid game that has a much better book that teaches you Japanese Culture called Sengoku.  Right now there is a bundle of the game PDF, and two expansion book PDF's that only costs $6.  A good deal if you consider that the main book PDF alone usually sells for $16.  However, it doesn't use D&D OSR rules.  It uses the Fuzion system also used in Cyberpunk and other R. Talsorian Games.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/29421/Sengoku-Revised-Ed-BUNDLE?term=sengoku
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: The OneDnD Agenda
« Last post by Shrieking Banshee on October 01, 2022, 06:04:04 PM »
Being Woke is a totalitarian ideology.

Sort of. Its also incoherent. We have a human desire to believe that every tyrant or bad person is cackling evil with a master plan.

Wokists often destroy with a genuine belief that they are doing everybody a solid, and what they pervert counts as creation and will stand the test if time. and the culture and everyone as a whole are behind them.
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Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« Last post by Thornhammer on October 01, 2022, 06:00:19 PM »
Just saw Rob Zombie's The Munsters, if you haven't seen it don't, it's shit, there's not a single funny joke in all of the movie.

Fuck, really? That’s really disappointing.
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: The OneDnD Agenda
« Last post by wmarshal on October 01, 2022, 05:38:18 PM »
One can certainly believe they hate the TTRPG community and games as constituted. Being Woke is a totalitarian ideology. Any segment or element that doesn’t bend the knee drives them insane. They can seek to purge the current TTRPG environment in the hopes of rebuilding it.
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I don’t believe copyright should last for the life of the author. There’s no economic incentive for copyright to last longer than 20 years or so.

If I write a book when I am 25, by the time I turn 46 I should stop receiving any financial gain from that book? We’ll have to disagree.


But back on topic, it will be interesting when the feedback from the playtest starts coming in if they ‘do more’ around Race. The lower case j journalist is probably not going to be the only person to drag Wizards through the mud on this.
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: The OneDnD Agenda
« Last post by FingerRod on October 01, 2022, 05:14:42 PM »
... I don’t see anything woke in the 21 page playtest document. It reads very similar to the 5e PHB.

It's a rules reference playtest doc. They're not so stupid as to get on their high horse in that...

I give Ray Winniger credit - he's far more savvy than the sparkletrolls on twitter.

The woke will be in the marketing and play culture that WotC D&D is cultivating. They will continue to do what they have been doing and inserting little bit more woke elements here and there in the lore for supplements and adventure paths.

The slow lobster boil will continue.

I am aware that it is a playtest document. The fact remains, they did not change Race. While they did water down Orcs, they did not virtue signal or wet themselves as one might expect. There is nothing in either playtest document.

Am I betting they will remain non-woke? No way!  :) Every core book release since Xanathar’s has been marching more and more left. But I’m also not claiming there is a OneDnD Agenda until there is evidence. The post I was agreeing with was stating the same thing you are with respect to what they will do with supplements and adventure paths.

And while I do believe many of the people at WotC do in fact hate me because of my political choices, I do not think they hate TTRPGs or want to sink the hobby.

They will sink D&D by default because they hate the culture and generation of gamers that created the hobby, and the underlying mythology that D&D was originally based on.

Perhaps, but this is not evidence they are motivated to sink the hobby or hate TTRPGs—which is what I said.

Do you believe the people creating OneDnD hate TTRPGs and want to sink the hobby?
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