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Congrats to +James Raggi  and +Zak Smith for their Ennies for a Red and Pleasant Land.
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Does anybody find roleplaying Faeries difficult? I sure did and a year ago I finally found a handle on roleplaying them that worked for me.
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Why are the symbols of Confederacy offensive? Well the people who founded the Confederates States can enlighten you.

From Alexander Stephen, Vice-President of the CSA, March 21st 1861.
http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/cornerstone-speech/

"Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."

Declaration of Immediate Cause - South Carolina, December 24th 1860
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_scarsec.asp

"We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection."

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"On the 4th day of March next, this party will take possession of the Government. It has announced that the South shall be excluded from the common territory, that the judicial tribunals shall be made sectional, and that a war must be waged against slavery until it shall cease throughout the United States.

The guaranties of the Constitution will then no longer exist; the equal rights of the States will be lost. The slaveholding States will no longer have the power of self-government, or self-protection, and the Federal Government will have become their enemy.

Sectional interest and animosity will deepen the irritation, and all hope of remedy is rendered vain, by the fact that public opinion at the North has invested a great political error with the sanction of more erroneous religious belief.

We, therefore, the People of South Carolina, by our delegates in Convention assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, have solemnly declared that the Union heretofore existing between this State and the other States of North America, is dissolved, and that the State of South Carolina has resumed her position among the nations of the world, as a separate and independent State; with full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent States may of right do."

Mississippi
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_missec.asp

Georgia
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_geosec.asp

Texas
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_texsec.asp

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The Confederate dead deserve to be mourned, it is understandable that many with Confederate ancestors want to remember them, but never forgot that the cause for which they fought and died for was one of the worst. That if they won it would have resulted in the continued enslavement of millions.

More than that the existence of slavery made things worse off for those who were free but poor in wealth. Not because of competition in labor or any of other racial bullshit people of the day like to trot out. But because the whole of the South's legal, financial, and property system catered to the elite planters from Virginia to Texas. There are reasons beyond racism why immigrants avoided settling in the South like it was the plague.

White or black, the cause of Confederacy was a bad one. It is only due to the whitewashing of some historians in the late 19th century in creating the  myth of the "Lost Cause". In creating the myth that the Civil War was fought over States' Right. Maybe it was useful at one time. To help reconcile the remaining sectional difference by focusing on honoring those who died in the war. But we know better today. 21st century technology lies bare for all the fact that founders of the Confederacy fought for their wealth. Wealth that was built on the enslavement of African-Americans, and the oppression of poorer free citizens. 

The true tragedy is that after so much blood was shed, after so much death, that it still took a century to finally to get to the point where the nation can begin to move on to a future where a person is judged by his or her merits and not the color his or her skin. We are still not there but we made progress and will continue to make progress. 

The Confederacy and its symbols lie on the ash heap of history and long may they remain there. They have no part in any official capacity of the United States of America. I have no problem with their display in reenactments, games, history book or civil war memorabilia. I hope that when people buy and use Confederate symbols that they remember what truly mean.

That the promise of that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights is symbolized by the Stars and Stripes, not the Stars and Bars or the Southern Cross.
When perfect quiet is restored, I shall proceed. I cannot speak so long as there is any noise or confusion. I shall take my time I feel quite prepared to spend the night with you if necessary. I very much regret that everyone who desires cannot hear what I have to say.
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The flag was defiantly wrapped in a pro-slavery sentiment, anyone that argues it wasn't is splitting hairs. After the war though the flag took on new meaning relating to southern pride and not so much about slavery. So both sides have a point to some extent. They should have banned the flag during reconstruction and avoided the whole thing.
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Delving into AD&D, The 1st edition Player's Handbook in PDF
Yup! The PDF for the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook is now available at RPGNow . While it does have the reprint cover it has the remastered searchable text and the file size clocks in a 5.3 meg. While Wizards doesn't allow page extraction i...
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I am glad of this! I got the email last night that it was available in an updated form, but noticed it was not yet listed for sale! Great News!
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An OGL Primer
There was a bit of a discussion over on Tenkar's Tavern about copyrights, licenses, and trademarks . While it is always good to get a lawyer's advice, the Open Game License, (along with Creative Commons and other open license) are designed so that it is eas...
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+Guy Fullerton Again that is a education problem not a legal problem. Open content can be used for whatever purpose the user see fit. I know some are not comfortable with that so it important to educate people that regardless of what open license is used they will not have control over what the material will be used for. Whether it is verbatim copying or it use in a work that is objectionable.

I can't stress this aspect of open content enough. To make something open is to lose control of it as far as how it is used except for a few limited restriction. For example the person using open content has to make his derivative work open as well. In the case of the OGL, promise not to cite compatibiliy unless he has an explict license to do so.

If a author is not comfortable with this for god sake do not make your content open. However realize that you may have limited choices if what you want to do involves using somebody else's work. So it a trade off, do I keep total control but have to create all original content, or do I use open content and lose control over a portion of all of my contribution.

For me the point was to get my material into the most hands where it would be useful. Creating my own RPG for the Majestic Wilderlands would not have accomplished that goal. Using the open content of Dungeons & Dragons does. I willing to accept the fact that large portion of my content would be free for other to use as they see fit. I am willing to gamble even if somebody copied it verbatim that the market will want more Majestic Wilderlands from me the original author than from the knock-off. 

For the most part it worked out as I expected for the Majestic Wilderlands and the Scourge of the Demon Wolf. 

Blackmarsh is a different story with different goals. 
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Gaming Stories: Cyberpunk 2020, a Tech versus a Solo
I was in a Cyberpunk game and a player was an obnoxious twit both in and out of game. He played a tricked out Solo (a character focused on combat and combat mods). Nobody could take him in a fight, a fact he used to bully the rest of the party. At one point...
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That was an excellent story :-)
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Faeries of the Majestic Wilderlands Part 2
Now we get to the Sidhe the heart of what makes Faerie, Faerie along with with some notes on a few important Sidhe. Sidhe The Sidhe appear very similar to elves, however they are faeries and not one of the Children Races of Elves and Men. The Sidhe born of ...
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I don't where to put my low stat.
This is a pretty funny video and one of the best DnD related songs I ever heard. I don't where to put my Low Stat by Dr. Mary Crowell.
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Golems in the Majestic Wilderlands
Working through the Gs on my monster list. Just finished the Golems. GOLEMS Golems are humanoid constructs built to serve their creature, usually powerful magi-users or clerics. Typically they are built to serve as guards or servants, however some with arti...
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Awarding XP in Classic D&D and in 5th edition.
Tenkar has been talking about XP awards and I figured now is a good time to lay out how I handle XP. Early on I grew to dislike XP for gold, and somewhat later XP for treasure, never had a problem with XP for overcoming monsters. However not awarding XP for...
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Do you have a lucky or unlucky dice? Well you can now Check it for sure.
Daniel Fisher has figured out how to use a old trick to see if a golf ball is balanced to see how lucky or unlucky his dice are. +Tim Shorts  had a d20 called Whimpy that always came through for him. I wonder how it would fare in this test. This came in han...
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I had two that immediately pop to 1's and one that popped to a 7. Two were well behaved, and 5 wouldn't float at all.
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Scourge of the Demon Wolf sale!
The PDF copy of Scourge of the Demon Wolf is on sale for $6 on RPGNow (or DriveThruRPG). Three died. They were mauled beyond recognition. The Baron sent his huntsmen to kill the beasts and for a fortnight they tramped across the countryside. Between their w...
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