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Several years ago, a friend who played Dungeons and Dragons described the difference between wizards, monsters, and fighters as, "When your spells fail, when your saves fail, you can always rely on 3 feet of steel."

Was he quoting a Dungeons and Dragons book?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Do not answer in comments. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk Aug 6 '16 at 0:06
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I don't believe this is from a D&D source. It parallels a quote from Larry Niven's 1980s vintage novel, The Magic Goes Away: "Those damned stupid barbarians with their damned stupid swords will win in the end -- because a sword always works." It's likely he'd read this book and misquoted that statement from one of the major characters.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That seems like a reach, it has the same general sentiment but so do many things. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk Aug 6 '16 at 0:08

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