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Ok there are a number of factors, in what you are seeing. Sampling Bias One is sampling bias. You have been looking at char-ops threads. Your sample is not all RPG players, only those who choose to talk about it on the internet. You have also likely looked only at systems you are interested in/have heard of. It is not a representative sample. Further, ...


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Assumptions about how a PC fits into the fantasy world have changed over time. In D&D 4E, a level 1 PC is already beyond most of their society. In 3.5 (and Pathfinder) a level 1 PC is heroic, but might be outclassed by other heroes. Although I've never played D&D second edition, I have a handbook that seems to suggests low level PCs aren't ...


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Randomly rolling dice to determine stats, and requiring training to use XP to level up, are rules in some editions of D&D but not in others. Specifically, these were done away with or made optional as of 2nd edition AD&D. Gamers who started playing some form of D&D published within the last 25 years therefore don't consider training for levels ...



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