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Me: Just for the record, you're a level 19 friend.

Rose: Not level 20?

Me: To become a Level 20 friend we need a temporary party member to perform a ritual. Generally the family members of both party members come to witness it, but we'll just have some friends.

butttstallion:

NEW PRODUCT: D20 Roll Poster Inspired by our own tabletop gaming pals, celebrate that frequently used phrase and that oh so important icosahedron for all of your skills, attacks and rolls. Now available on the Natural20 Shop!

butttstallion:

NEW PRODUCT: D20 Roll Poster
Inspired by our own tabletop gaming pals, celebrate that frequently used phrase and that oh so important icosahedron for all of your skills, attacks and rolls. Now available on the Natural20 Shop!

noties:

There’s a new Side Notie out today!
The current party of dumbgeons and dragones consists of Rainbow Beard the Clown Wizard, Nameless the Ninja Mime Thief and Das Hammer. (now joined by skeleton with abs)

noties:

There’s a new Side Notie out today!

The current party of dumbgeons and dragones consists of Rainbow Beard the Clown Wizard, Nameless the Ninja Mime Thief and Das Hammer. (now joined by skeleton with abs)

arkwatson:

Fantasy D&D game of (mostly) Catholic Nerds Flannery O’Conner - DM because this sassy lady is the only who could keep these boys in check. She plays her main villain as a chaotic neutral Tiefling Thief because if you read her work most of her characters are villains already and they’re the small insignificant unpredictable kind that wreck tons of damage.
Paulo Cuelho- the Neutral Good Half-Elf Bard. He’s just a nice guy who believes in the soul of the world okay? Chill. Although he’s a little flustered at the moment because his gentle easy going view of life is not going to be confirmed with O’Conner as his DM and GK Chesterton sitting right next to him. The guy keeps making jokes that fly right over Cuelho’s sweet-tempered head.
GK Chesterton- The one man who might be able to keep up with O’Conner’s sass. Although if he doesn’t stop flirting with her soon he may learn a little bit of what a DM’s wrath looks like. He might be lawful good at home but at the table he’s full on Chaotic Good Rogue Dwarf.
JRR Tolkien- If O’Conner doesn’t curse Chesterton first Tolkien might just slap the uncouth Britton himself. Chesterton’s sarcasm might be a little much for THIS gentleman. Of all the pious writers at this table he’s probably the most Lawful Good of them all. And who would Tolkien be if not a regal elf? He almost chose to be a wizard but a Druid has the magic AND the romantic affiliation for nature.
CS Lewis- Since most of the Catholic jokes are going over head and he might be the one who is getting the most into the strategy of the game. A Neutral Good Human Paladin, his character is the least angsty aside from Paulo’s. Once Chesterton strikes out with O’Conner he might just make a move himself. That is, if he can figure out when she is joking and when she is actually serious. That’s a great quality in a DM, not so much in a partner.

arkwatson:

Fantasy D&D game of (mostly) Catholic Nerds
Flannery O’Conner - DM because this sassy lady is the only who could keep these boys in check. She plays her main villain as a chaotic neutral Tiefling Thief because if you read her work most of her characters are villains already and they’re the small insignificant unpredictable kind that wreck tons of damage.

Paulo Cuelho- the Neutral Good Half-Elf Bard. He’s just a nice guy who believes in the soul of the world okay? Chill. Although he’s a little flustered at the moment because his gentle easy going view of life is not going to be confirmed with O’Conner as his DM and GK Chesterton sitting right next to him. The guy keeps making jokes that fly right over Cuelho’s sweet-tempered head.

GK Chesterton- The one man who might be able to keep up with O’Conner’s sass. Although if he doesn’t stop flirting with her soon he may learn a little bit of what a DM’s wrath looks like. He might be lawful good at home but at the table he’s full on Chaotic Good Rogue Dwarf.

JRR Tolkien- If O’Conner doesn’t curse Chesterton first Tolkien might just slap the uncouth Britton himself. Chesterton’s sarcasm might be a little much for THIS gentleman. Of all the pious writers at this table he’s probably the most Lawful Good of them all. And who would Tolkien be if not a regal elf? He almost chose to be a wizard but a Druid has the magic AND the romantic affiliation for nature.

CS Lewis- Since most of the Catholic jokes are going over head and he might be the one who is getting the most into the strategy of the game. A Neutral Good Human Paladin, his character is the least angsty aside from Paulo’s. Once Chesterton strikes out with O’Conner he might just make a move himself. That is, if he can figure out when she is joking and when she is actually serious. That’s a great quality in a DM, not so much in a partner.

#NotAllRolePlayers: A History of Rapey Dungeon Masters | VICE United States

dr-archeville:

Some guys may wonder why women don’t get into gaming.

One reason is because even in a hobby where the players can be and do anything, they still get harassed.

All sorts of triggers in this, but a good read through for people who want to pretend like there aren’t some systemic problems within the RPG subculture.

On the subject of the RPG community.

slimnoid:

People like Zak S. and John Tarnowski/RPGpundit are horrible, toxic cancers on the hobby as a whole. Their attempts at gatekeeping is more destructive than any “story-gaming swine” conspiracy Tarnowski could ever cook up, and their rampant shaming and abuse towards those that disagree with them is horrendous.

Trying to get rid of them won’t work; they are too firmly rooted, and with their consultation work on D&D they will lord that over others like a kindergartner who just got a gold star from the teacher. By accepting their help, WotC and Mike Mearls are saying that it’s A-OKAY to act like a massive shitlord to those that play games you don’t like.

So what, then, can we do? Simple: we can do better. And the only way we can do better is by banding together and working towards a better, more inclusive, less toxic hobby. 

First: speak out against them, louder and more brilliantly than they can. Don’t stoop to their level and do personal attacks/stalking, or send others to do so on your behalf, but make it VERY CLEAR that the majority of roleplayers and hobbyists do not like these two or their ilk.

Two: Catalog every instance of their shit. Evidence will mount very quickly of their misdeeds, and it will become difficult if not impossible to dismiss their behavior and their antics when there’s a laundry list of their abuse.

Third: Point newcomers AWAY from them and their products, and towards better, more inclusive games, made by people who care about the hobby and the games it produces.

Fourth: Foster a better community through positive outlooks and friendly, inviting people and fantastic games. We can’t fix the broken people who poison the hobby, but what we can do is make a new generation of players who will be better than the last. Who won’t devolve into personal attacks and creating hate campaigns over games they don’t personally like. And who will teach the next generation after them the values they learned from us.

Remember: silence is acceptance. Don’t let them rule over us and warp people to their twisted outlook. We can be better than that. We are better than that.

The Basic Set provided an incredible amount of entertainment for a very low price. My parents probably never could have imagined that a purchase of less than $20 would have such an impact on my life and, ultimately, even my career.

From Old or New Version, D&D Is Still Inspiring, by James Floyd Kelly at Wired.

Whether you’re a fan of the fifth edition or not, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that this release, timed for the 40th anniversary of the game that started it all, is generating a lot of positive coverage from the mainstream press.

(via unpossiblelabs)