I’m Playing Again! (Until I Get Sick of It.) #DnD #RPG #Theros

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I was invited to an online, 5e D&D game with some friends. The recent release of Mythic Odysseys of Theros inspired me to accept. Our first session was last night. I’m playing a leonine (anthropomorphic lion) fighter modeled after the archetypical Spartan. Dory spear, xiphos, loin cloth; all the trimmings.

The character, Grexes, has been transported through space and time by the blacksmith god, Purphoros, from the world of Theros to the Forgotten Realms. His quirk: He speaks in riddles. For example, when he went to the bar, he asked the host for that which has four legs but cannot run (table, though chair works). As a player, this is hard to pull off, but that’s a good thing. I won’t be able to overdo it to the point it becomes annoying. I also sprinkle in Greek care of Google Translate. For example, I refer to Waterdeep as the most splendid polis I’ve ever seen. This also isn’t overdone because Grexes is notably learning Common through divine inspiration. Being from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, he otherwise wouldn’t be able to communicate effectively.

We’ll see how it goes.

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Pinned Post: Looking at My Stats and Revisiting My #RPG #Copyright Posts

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The quarantine has me doing a bit of blogging lately, which means I’m also looking at my stats. With respect to my posts regarding copyright and RPGs:

The posts are broken into two separate issues. Part 1 and part 2 are about the copyrightability of RPG stat blocks, and part 3 (not relevant here) is about the OGL. As to the first issue, to date, part 1 represents ~30% of text by page count and has 17,037 hits, whereas part 2 (70%) has only 704 hits. Moreover, part 1 spends much of its text on going over basic copyright principles that don’t represent the actual argument. It’s clear by the stats and the basis of the criticism itself (often peppered with personal insults) that the vast majority of (non-lawyer) criticism I’ve received is from people that have read only 30% (at most) of that argument. I know it’s long, convoluted, and at times poorly written (mostly because it targets two very different audiences); and you’re under no obligation to read it (or even care about it). However, it’s all connected, and if you’re going to criticize it, you should probably understand it first.

Or not. Free speech and all that.

Endnotes:

  • Part 3 has only 703 hits, which is surprising. I thought it would be the most-read post.
  • Part 3.5 provides necessary clarification and correction to part 3.
  • Part 4 answers frequently asked questions and addresses frequently raised issues.
  • Over on a lawyers-only subreddit, all the attorneys seemed to want to discuss is my side note on the patentability of the Shadow of the Demon Lord initiative system. I guess it’s great that they all agree that my argument is trivially correct, but Rob Schwalb has seriously hijacked my glory. No worries, though. I gave him hell when I saw him in February.

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One-Stop Stat Blocks for 5th Edition D&D: Tales #DnD #RPG

Here are the latest one-stop stat blocks for the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Tales of the Yawning Portal. The file is in PDF format and contains bookmarks. If you find any errors, please let me know.

OSSB Yawning Portal

If you’re curious as to the legality of this project, please see my long-winded posts on the matter.

Part 1: Stat Blocks
Part 2: Spell Descriptions
Part 3: The OGL
Part 3.5: A Mild Retraction
Part 4: FAQ/FRI

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC, who neither contributed to nor endorsed this product.

One-Stop Stat Blocks for 5th Edition D&D: Tomb #DnD #RPG

Here are the latest one-stop stat blocks for the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Annihilation. The file is in PDF format and contains bookmarks. If you find any errors, please let me know.

OSSB Tomb of Annihilation

If you’re curious as to the legality of this project, please see my long-winded posts on the matter.

Part 1: Stat Blocks
Part 2: Spell Descriptions
Part 3: The OGL
Part 3.5: A Mild Retraction
Part 4: FAQ/FRI

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC, who neither contributed to nor endorsed this product.

One-Stop Stat Blocks for 5th Edition D&D: Saltmarsh #DnD #RPG

Here are the latest one-stop stat blocks for the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Ghosts of Saltmarsh. The file is in PDF format and contains bookmarks. If you find any errors, please let me know.

OSSB Saltmarsh

If you’re curious as to the legality of this project, please see my long-winded posts on the matter.

Part 1: Stat Blocks
Part 2: Spell Descriptions
Part 3: The OGL
Part 3.5: A Mild Retraction
Part 4: FAQ/FRI

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC, who neither contributed to nor endorsed this product.

One-Stop Stat Blocks for 5th Edition D&D: Ravnica #DnD #RPG

Here are the latest one-stop stat blocks for the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica. The file is in PDF format and contains bookmarks. If you find any errors, please let me know.

OSSB Ravnica

If you’re curious as to the legality of this project, please see my long-winded posts on the matter.

Part 1: Stat Blocks
Part 2: Spell Descriptions
Part 3: The OGL
Part 3.5: A Mild Retraction
Part 4: FAQ/FRI

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC, who neither contributed to nor endorsed this product.

One-Stop Stat Blocks for 5th Edition D&D: Mad Mage #DnD #RPG

Here are the latest one-stop stat blocks for the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon of the Mad Mage. The file is in PDF format and contains bookmarks. If you find any errors, please let me know.

OSSB Mad Mage

If you’re curious as to the legality of this project, please see my long-winded posts on the matter.

Part 1: Stat Blocks
Part 2: Spell Descriptions
Part 3: The OGL
Part 3.5: A Mild Retraction
Part 4: FAQ/FRI

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC, who neither contributed to nor endorsed this product.

One-Stop Stat Blocks for 5th Edition D&D: Dragon Heist #DnD #RPG

Here are the latest one-stop stat blocks for the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dragon Heist. The file is in PDF format and contains bookmarks. If you find any errors, please let me know.

OSSB Dragon Heist

If you’re curious as to the legality of this project, please see my long-winded posts on the matter.

Part 1: Stat Blocks
Part 2: Spell Descriptions
Part 3: The OGL
Part 3.5: A Mild Retraction
Part 4: FAQ/FRI

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC, who neither contributed to nor endorsed this product.

One-Stop Stat Blocks for 5th Edition D&D: Tome of Foes #DnD #RPG

Here are the latest one-stop stat blocks for the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. The file is in PDF format and contains bookmarks. If you find any errors, please let me know.

OSSB Tome of Foes

If you’re curious as to the legality of this project, please see my long-winded posts on the matter.

Part 1: Stat Blocks
Part 2: Spell Descriptions
Part 3: The OGL
Part 3.5: A Mild Retraction
Part 4: FAQ/FRI

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC, who neither contributed to nor endorsed this product.

One-Stop Stat Blocks for 5th Edition D&D: Volo’s Guide #DnD #RPG

Here are the latest one-stop stat blocks for the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Volo’s Guide to Monsters. The file is in PDF format and contains bookmarks. If you find any errors, please let me know.

OSSB Volo

If you’re curious as to the legality of this project, please see my long-winded posts on the matter.

Part 1: Stat Blocks
Part 2: Spell Descriptions
Part 3: The OGL
Part 3.5: A Mild Retraction
Part 4: FAQ/FRI

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast, LLC, who neither contributed to nor endorsed this product.