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I define a Mega Dungeon as a space full of rooms, corridors, monsters, traps, and challenges that is bigger than all the rest. How big does it need to be to qualify? Well, to me, if you can explore the whole thing in a week, it is NOT a mega dungeon! Famously, a mega dungeon usually has more than one level, probably at least six. Each level needs a bare ...


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There are two great answers already, but I'm coming from a different perspective, based maybe on my understanding of the Italian RPG scene and on having passed a significant share of my free time at the Italian counterpart of The Forge, a forum called Gente che Gioca (lit. "People who Plays"). In our panorama, a forgeite game is often classified as such by ...


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The Forge was an RPG discussion forum with an emphasis on developing theories and terminology to describe RPGs in ways that allowed for both academic criticism, and practical advice to gamers and especially indie game designers. Setting aside some contentious personalities and statements, their main contribution to the RPG landscape seems to have been ...


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"Forgeite" refers to users and game designers who frequented and followed design theories of a site known as "The Forge," found at http://www.indie-rpgs.com [Internet Archive link]. While the site is now defunct, it had a profound effect on game design and theory among independent game designers, with two of the the most notable being D. Vincent Baker (Dogs ...


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The Mold Earth Cantrip Funny enough, I've actually had a similar discussion with my 5th Edition D&D group. I searched this site for a while looking for a solution to the discrepancy between dirt and ground. Then, I finally came across this question. So, I looked up the official description of the Mold Earth cantrip: You choose a portion of dirt or ...


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The short answer is that a social contract is an unwritten agreement between the people of a society (which in this case could be a culture or subculture) that everyone will behave in a certain fashion. I will not kill. I will not steal. If I drink the last Mountain Dew I will buy more. Could all be part of a social contract. There is a great deal more tow ...


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D&D is written in English and unless a term is specifically defined it just takes its normal English definition(s). Googling "ground definition" gave: the solid surface of the earth. "he lay on the ground" So, yes, it means the solid earth under their feet be it made of soil, rock or tapioca pudding.


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The only sections that have names but aren't explicitly labeled are Ability Scores and "Special Traits," which is between Challenge and Reactions/Actions. The other sections aren't explicitly named. They're described on pages 6-9 of the Monster Manual. That appears to be it as far as the core books are concerned, though if Wizards refers to them outside of ...


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When the people playing an RPG feel like their choices can/do have meaningful impact on the game, we say they have agency. If we'll succeed no matter what bad choices I make, or if we'll fail no matter what good choices I make, I have no agency. Without agency in a game, players become pawns used to tell someone else's story, and many people find it ...



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