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Yeah, unkillable PCs with super powers is very old school all you naysayers!
So, there was a little bit of an debate started in the comments of +Stan Shinn's posts about 5e. He basically asks the question "Is D&D 5e old school?" Of course, that started the typical "Yes, it is - No, it isn't - Just wha...
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+Matt Celis Unkillable PCs? Since when? Please name what super powers exist in the rules...

I just played in a game where 5 Giant Badgers nearly TPK'd a low level party. Only some very lucky rolls and sound tactics saved the party.

Giant Badgers, for Pete's sake.

Also, did you actually read the article?

D&D 5e makes it incredibly easy to:
1) Alter or remove death save mechanic.
2) Alter healing.
3) Add more resource management.

Instead of a sarcastic remarks, please cite specific examples of weaknesses that you see in the rule set that makes "unkillable PCs".
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Ah, the Solar Queen and Dane Thorson...great fun. Traveller inspiration. 
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Oh the fake Satanic panic trope again...yeah, lived in that time, played RPGs, only time I ever heard about that was in hysterical news reports trying to drum up sales/viewers. So overblown. Even in catholic school no one gave a crap about D&D = Satan. Enough pretending this was a real thing.
Robert J. Schwalb prefaces his new role playing game Shadow of the Demon Lord with a brief discussion of how he entered into the role playing game hobby. As with many of us, his introduction to the hobby was Dungeons & Dragon...
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Actually as a side note, there may be some data or at least a better picture if you research the old group (I forget the name) managed by Mike Stackpole and other authors to try and combat the misinformation of groups like BADD (Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons) that were active in the 80's. Mike and co. spent a great deal of time trying to counter their efforts to besmirch the hobby.
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What is the 4 in ID4? isn't it just ID? I remember seeing and hating that movie. 
Independence Day is probably my favorite adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic tale War of the Worlds. It captures the desperation of defending a world against an overwhelming force and does a nice job of updating "microbes" into...
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Hey still waiting on the warring kingdoms of the Philippines archipelago RPG...
The Yggdrasill RPG grabbed my interest for two reasons: the movie The Thirteenth Warrior and GAZ 7 -- The Northern Reaches. Both opened my eyes to a very different culture that featured fearless warriors, swords, shields, armor, bloody colors, an deep and unfamiliar mythology (especially jarring ...
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My understanding is that it's all posted legally with consent of the rights holders. 
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+1 except you referred people to the Mongoose version, which is inferior to the original in every way imaginable. 
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"Every way imaginable."

The burden of proof is on you.
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So you fell for the fifth edition scam as well. Shame. 
This is the first in a series of posts. The majority of the subsequent posts will focus on recommended modules, but this one focuses on whether old modules are worth using and how to use them. If you are an experienced DM, yo...
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Pfff. 5th edition is easily the best edition. Leaps and bounds.
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Those examples miss the point entirely. It has nothing to do with the PC doing something "evil" or what have you and everything to do with the power of one player to utterly throw a game off the rails. Same thing could happen by a PC doing "good" and upsetting the applecart. And usually the real root of the problem is the GM who gets into this situation and then flounders. 
Image Source Alex Garner and Loony DM Robin D. Laws is one of the most thoughtful writers about how to run role playing games in order to maximize the fun quotient of your group's players. Robin's pamphlet Robin's Laws of Goo...
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Mainly the problem is GMs create too much lore that is really only interesting to themselves and they fall in love with it while the players don't give a shit because 99% of the time it is irrelevant. Better to just tell the players what the PCs would know about a circumstance rather than expect anyone to memorize precious lore and notice discrepancies in the midst of a game. 
In my last post, I wrote about how vigilance is an experience that's very hard to simulate in role-playing games. This is one symptom of a very general issue: talking is slow. Role-playing is very low bandwidth. This comes...
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1980 FLASH GORDON! I'll buy it.

Everything else...blah.
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Nice to see the look in his eyes in that interview show where she's in the audience. You can feel how much he loves her just by the look.
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    1993 - 1996
  • San Francisco State University
    1992 - 1993
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