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Orfamay Quest wrote:
No, I'm trying to say that the degree of religious belief that does not allow you to understand the idea of a fictitious deity is not a form of fervor, but a form of psychosis.
I think that degree of religious belief is far more popular (and I use that word advisedly) here in the US than in the rest of the first world. Not to put you on the spot, but can I enquire as to your nation of origin?
Orfamay Quest wrote:
I was thinking of Snorri Sturluson, who recorded a bunch of Norse epics including the Prose Edda, first put forward the hypothesis of Euhemerism, and was murdered in a cellar for all his accomplishments.
New ideas are usually branded as both paganism and heresy by the extant religious powers, and that's the kind of behavior that gets you burnt at the stake. Were you actually doing that when you mentioned Christianity and Homer in the same sentence? No, but I've been watching a lot of Wolf Hall lately, so people being burned at the stake for doing completely reasonable things is on my mind lately.
I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, but it sounds like you're saying more US citizens are psychotic than fervent; I don't necessarily disagree.
EDIT: Full disclosure, I'm a US citizen, born and bred.
I thought you probably had. It's funny how many late 20th century books you can find where a pre-industrial POV interprets post-industrial experience/artifacts as divine. The only one I can think of that goes in the opposite direction is Picnic in Paradise by Joanna Russ.
If you haven't read it, the narrator is a bronze age, Lankhmar-style thief type who accidentally gets included in the Trans-Temporal-Agency's biosphere sample, and is very unimpressed by the barbarians who live in the future. It's one of those books that isn't even 200 pages, but you feel like a different person once you've finished it.
Good Heavens, never mind playing D&D, if I'm an atheist, am I allowed to read "Lean Times in Lankhmar" and laugh my ass off 'cause it's so hilarious? If not, I'm gonna have to read nothing but Ayn Rand, and that sounds like a bit of a bummer. :(
Stuff about an aging customer demographic and realistic expectations.
Do you think WotC is looking ahead to the 50th anniversary at this point? I sort of feel like they must be, and sometimes think that they made such a fuss about the release of 5e in tandem with the fortieth anniversary to set D&D up as the slow and steady, reliable elder statesman of RPGs in 10 years time. Their multi-platform approach certainly seems to be slanted towards growing the brand name recognition rather than total RPG market domination.
Or, what do I know, maybe in 2018 they'll say, "Great news, nerds, we're releasing a new edition every 3 years, so open up those wallets!"
Remember Gygax's description of the khopesh in UA? Where he said it was like a sword with a D (no crossbar) on top, and Egyptian, historically speaking, but totally meant for Druids with all that history, so now it's a Druid weapon? And you were like, "I play D&D all the time, and I have no idea what Gary Gygax is even trying to describe," cause you were only 12 years old ?
I do too, but grognards never accepted the optional UA material to begin with.
Well, John, that's the whole issue right there, isn't it? If your book didn't win the Hugo last year, and you think it's a better idea to start a voting campaign than write a new book, that's very indicative of the quality of your writing, wouldn't you say?
Edit: I'm sorry if that came out in an adversarial tone of voice, I'm trying to agree with you. :)
That was the World Fantasy Award, I think. He won Best Short Story for a comic book, and they, like, immediately changed the charter (or whatever) to make comics ineligible. As far as I know, Gaiman's the only writer to win a prose award for a comic book, flat out. Okay, fine, look, I'm pretty sure Spiegelman won the Pulitzer for Maus for political cartooning, not literature, cause they already had a cartooning category, but honestly, I'd love to be wrong on that one. I think the world would be a better place if the Pulitzers had a comic book award.
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Also, that bit of my quote that says "were world poet," that should read "werewolf porn." Look, I'm not saying it wasn't an educational experience, just maybe you don't want to leave an 11 year old alone with a bookshelf, it'll give 'em ideas! :P
I find junk like this very, very disappointing; I can't see a downside of having more diverse writers, or more literary writing win awards within the genre. Speaking as a white dude, I always enjoyed fantasy and science fiction for the diversity of the authors, and the literary quality of the writing. Sure, sometimes that was Philip Jose Farmer's hallucinogenic were world poet, but sometimes it was Kindred by Octavia Butler. Then again, if the field is getting diverse enough that the dudes feel a need to DO SOMETHING, that might actually be a net positive, provided they're not successful.
Yeesh, remember when the biggest controversy about the Hugo Awards was how they invented the category of Best Other Format so the prose novels wouldn't have to compete with Watchmen?
I won't say that the Elemental Evil Player's companion is rife with options, but I was glad to see that the few it offers are just as compatible with Basic as they are with the PHB. That is, I'm glad the Player's Companion doesn't require the PHB. (Yes, I realize there are spells list for classes that aren't contained in Basic, but you get my point.)
Jem, I remember talking about Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld with you about a million years ago, but I suppose this question should be to Blue for mentioning the art: Are you aware that Donna Barr, who illustrated Lace & Steel, has been drawing comics for years and years? Like, in two different millennia at this point. Here's a link to her blog.
James Jacobs wrote:
Not to press the point, but that bit I put in bold reads "respect it and the game"? I'm not quite sure how to read the sentence, I guess.
James Jacobs wrote:
Having read some threads on this very site, I think it's pretty obvious that a bear with reach might break the game! :P
Do you ever find that the creativity required by a job in the RPG industry detracts from the enjoyment of your daydreams? As in, dreaming about a Snoutbear is entertaining, but there are too many roadblocks to just statting it up on your blog for the fun of it?
I found the vampires to be a little bit original, at least.
I seem to remember some sort of "Xanadu" (the poem, not the movie) crossover; And I liked the bit where one of the humans asked about taking the dark communion or whatever and becoming a vampire, and the sympathetic vamp was all, "Dude, it's just not even a possibility, sorry to disappoint you," while the unsympathetic vamp was like, "Sure, but you'll have eat human flesh first, and maybe you'll want to cook it for sanitary reasons, HAHAHA, OMIGOD THAT'S HILARIOUS!"
Twilight it ain't, and it's a better book for that.
Speaking of early GRRM, anyone here read "The Monkey Treatment"? That's the fun one!
Kurt Russell was originally cast to play the cursed heroic knight Navarre in Ladyhawke (1985), while Rutger Hauer, who played the part of Navarre in the film, was the original choice to play the evil captain, even though Hauer had no interest in the part and was actually more interested in the part of the hero Navarre. When Russell dropped out of the project, Hauer took the role.
If only he'd replaced the music editor . . .
Marc Radle wrote:
I'm not sure what exactly it says about D&D as a strong brand, but Elfquest is the only D100 system I've played aside from CoC, and I was playing D&D before I before I read the comic. Nothing against Runequest, but if the plan was to ensnare the dozens and dozens of Elfquest fans who also played RPGs, it didn't work on me.
Prefer Vimto, TYVM. And before you ask, no I'm not one of those johnnies-come-lately who started drinking it when they read A Small Killing by Moore and Zarate. My parents used to by for me at Job Lot when I was a tyke!
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Yes, I have played the Elfquest RPG, why do you ask?
James Jacobs wrote:
Wouldn't you say that the 5e PHB mentioning LBGT characters in the character customization chapter is evidence that Paizo has had beneficial effect on the industry?
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Look, I know it's a leading question, but this is the Ask James Jacobs Anything thread, so I had phrase it as a question instead of just congratulating you on getting there the first. :)
Golden Child, in which Tywin Lannister, um, I mean Charles Dance played the villain? To hell with everything, let's just go full Game of Thrones!
Seriously though, Mikaze, have you ever seen the BBC adaption of the Raj Quartet? The DVD miniseries is titled The Jewel in the Crown, and I think you might just enjoy the hell out of it. :)
It would allow people who write nonfiction to sue people who publish fiction which refers to real world facts. The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail weren't claiming that Brown had published any of their work under his name, they were claiming that writing a factual account entitled them to profits from a work of fiction.
I'll tell you one thing the the Shakespeare derail made me realize: I whole-heartedly support 50 Shades being described as Tragedy. Seriously, if the author had said, "It's about a woman who confuses her enjoyment of BDSM sex with an emotionally abusive relationship," I'd respect the hell out of her.
As is, I feel the same way I did when everyone was yammering on about how The Da Vinci Code was a once in a life time book, and, flipping through it in a bookstore, I found it to be a completely typical pot-boiler.
I don't disagree with anything you've said, but finally being portrayed with nuance and displaying the full range of humanity depends on the ability of the artist(s) doing the portrayal as much as the audience's acceptance of whoever's being portrayed.
Hell, don't ask me, I'm still waiting for a rom-com where a girl meets a guy who who acts the way guys always do in rom-coms, and by the end of the movie she realizes that she's not living through a series of Hollywood meet cutes, she's just dating a f**king a**hole. That is, the relationship dysfunction described in 50 Shades sounds about par for the course.
I certainly won't argue with you there! :)
In sandbox games, world building is based on PC action rather than static plot development. You end up laying the train tracks 10 feet in front of the engine at full speed, but the plot's reactive, which I like, whichever side of the GM screen I'm sitting on.
What's weird about D&D 5E (Yes, I play it, feel free to throw rotten tomatoes at me, but you'll have to join the line at the back, and it's pretty long) is that the advantage/disadvantage mechanic has changed the entire fudging vs cheating dynamic at my table.
Yes, Aubrey, that was as much to you as TarkXT. /wink
On the subject of fudging (not cheating, it's a different thing) is there anyone in this thread who thinks that players should be allowed to fudge rolls? I've always seen it as solely a GM choice, and it's pretty important to my enjoyment as a player that I don't know what happens behind the screen.
As for essential conceits of RPGs, how about the idea that all the world's problems can be solved by defeating a BBEG in his evil lair? Omigod, how I wish it was that simple! :P
Vic, I'm not asking for any moral judgements or anything, but seeing as there's no public licensing document, stuff like Fifth Edition Foes (Tome of Horrors 5E conversion, sort of) must be working outside the licensing agreement, right?
'Cause I still think you could produce a 5E compatible stat-block under the OGL, I just don't want to be the guy who has to prove it in court, y'know?