Edition Politics

It's not a war. It's a political debate. And neither side has ever bothered to listen to the other, just like in real politics. Take this exchange as an example: Now, clearly, a solution to the issue is to make spellcasters pay in some manner for their spells. There are ways to make it harder... Continue Reading →

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This is the RPGPundit

This is an open letter to John Tarnowski, a.k.a. the RPGPundit, a.k.a. @KasimirUrbanski. This letter is not about you. I apologize for what I've written here, as it's not my intent to drag your name through the mud or to misrepresent anything that you've said. Just as it's not my intent to do these things... Continue Reading →

The Real Session Zero

If you're sitting at my table, it's because I invited you. There are many reasons for that invite, many factors I had to consider, not the least of which is the existing dynamic among the other players. Please understand that what I'm about to say to you, I said to them when they sat down... Continue Reading →

All the Best Stories…

I've long felt that D&D war stories are just the worst. Today, in a moment of fridge logic, I realized why. A good story is one that attracts the reader's investment, builds up tension and culminates in the release of that tension. D&D war stories don't do this because there's too much personal investment on behalf... Continue Reading →

Safe and Reliable

No, there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to take part in a collaborative story-telling exercise, if that's your thing. And there is nothing inherently wrong with playing a heavily scripted (railroaded) game, if you're into that. These games can be engaging. They can be immersive. They are easily just as entertaining as any hobby... Continue Reading →

Rhetoric

Please consider this your warning: I am going to dissect Matt Colville's latest video. If you're a fan, you probably won't like what I have to say. Please understand that I'm not doing this as a stab against him. I am doing this as a critique on his rhetoric. I said it before and it's... Continue Reading →

The Ivory Tower

Alignment languages: an artifact of a previous era, based on nonsensical notions cobbled together through a handful of literary sources (and not very good ones at that). And yet... The way Noisms puts it, I'm tempted to dive in. Personally, I believe that good/evil, right/wrong, and so on, are very real things. Objectively real. If all people... Continue Reading →

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