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Five Tips to Set the Stage for Theater of the Mind Combat

A true confession: I’ve only played with miniatures a few times in my life. Most of the time, my buddies and I do D&D over google hangouts, using no visuals (other than occasional screen-sharing). While playing my budget version of D&D, I’ve picked up a couple tricks for making theater of the mind combat smooth and fun.

BREAKING: Biological Essentialism is Not Good

This, I think, is where the future of RPG character design has to go: fixing the fundamental assumptions about biologically essential traits carried by different races. I’m not going to praise WOTC until I see what actually changes, but I’m glad their eyes are drawn to the roots of race in game design. Tying objective game mechanics to something as subjective and political as race is, ultimately, a cop-out. Good games eliminate that junk.

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I am Michael Monaco, @bookshelfstud on Twitter and Reddit, moderator of the /r/asoiaf subreddit, host on Maester Monthly, shitposter, etc. In my real, offline life, I work in housing. I’ve been playing tabletop roleplaying games since high school; before high school, I just sat on the floor in the library reading the 3.5e Monster Manual over and over. I also write poetry and nonfiction. My other blog, where you can find all sorts of things that are not this project, is offmichaelsbookshelf.wordpress.com. I am too cheap for hosting. I am a Taurus.

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