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I think things are OK. I'd like to offer an additional stat: we have 16,002 D&D family questions (which includes Pathfinder) out of 22,167 total questions, or 72.2% D&D family questions. (This means the view count is somewhat weighted toward D&D questions: they get an extra 8% share.) These view and question statistics are unsurprising to me. ...


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We've definitely had TRPG creators participating in the site, including a co-creator of Lovecraftesque and Fred Hicks. I've been told we used to have some WotC contributors participating here, but most of them were not publicly associating their SE accounts with their professional names. And since claims to being a games creator on this site aren't ...


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Recommended course of action Turns out we have a relatively low-traffic question asking exactly this: see How do I know which edition of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) the books I'm looking at are for? However, it lacks an answer with images! If someone with legal access to DnD books of various editions (especially the latest ones) or images to those ...


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Honestly, I think D&D has eaten the front page. Here's what the site looks like if you ignore-list D&D3/4/5, Pathfinder, and D20. (N.B. I'm not ignore-listing "general"/"legacy" D&D questions.) I straight-up used this site as an example of what "drowning out other content" looks like on B&CG Meta last year. I think it'd be very easy for a ...


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I’ve worked for Dreamscarred Press, and my name’s on the cover of at least one book they published. Various other members of DSP have also been active here, including its founders. Dunno if DSP still counts as a “major” third-party publisher, but there was a point in time when they were often regarded as “the one exception” by people who disliked third-party ...


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Officially, there aren't different versions of the same thing in 5E — the later versions supplant them. In this interview, Jeremy Crawford says: The spells from Princes of the Apocalypse that reappear in this book ... some of the spells have been revised, and in some cases, we've expanded which classes are getting those spells. So there are a few spells ...


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Not always. There are different kinds of lore questions. One kind is looking for information about an actual setting ... ... whether the asker knows it or not. In this case, if they know the setting they should tag it, but if not knowing that is part of their problem then it should go in the answer. For example, someone asking "I was reading about the ...


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Raddu is Robert Adducci, one-time DDAL Community Manager (his profile is a bit out of date). His name first appeared as part of the admin team the "inside cover" of a DDAL module with DDEX01-01 and last appeared on DDAL07-08, plus some credits as primary author mixed in there, too. He's also credited in Lost Laboratory of Kwalish and probably other things I ...


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ExTSR was Frank Mentzer (who was the key / lead developer of BECMI D&D). Both he and mxyzplk were pretty abrasive and neither was very good at tolerating the other's playstyle's presence on the site, which eventually lead to Mentzer's ragequitting the site: though the account hasn't been deleted it was last used in March 2014. Before that he was very ...


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I filter all D&D related questions out as I care nothing about D&D whatsoever whatever form it takes. This makes the site much easier to use (except in the truly abysmal mobile app) and I can focus on the questions that I am interested in. Those are varied, well asked, and generally attract many different answers. Quantity is irrelevant compared to ...


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I think the Ooze one is properly tagged pan-edition, but the Lich one is not. This is because, in writing an answer to the lich one, I realized that the question, if it is pan edition, is horribly overbroad. All first and third party published material for all editions of D&D? That's... a LOT of failed liches. There's like 3 in Pathfinder alone, plus ...


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For me: No I think its pointless because: OPs are unlikely to find it - there is no way that this "canonical" question could stand out in a search from all the myriad of non-canonical ones. it seems inherently too broad since the list of things Wish can do is boundless it can't have a canonical answer and so is primarily opinion based For you: You do you ...


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Yes "What Edition is [instert Book here] for?" for would be a very well defined product-identification question. While not mandatory, a picture showing the cover of the book would be great in that case. The logo is good as a first indicator, but it can be unreliable in case of those books that were made during the edition change - especially 3rd Party ...


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Are we attracting enough quality content for non-DnD systems? The crux here is whether our humble site is the best place on the internet to find information about various RPGs, even for people who don't already know about us. Science! I turned on incognito mode, fired up google, and asked it a bunch of questions. I opened up the Tags page, sorted by ...


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Tags should always be adjusted to suit the question actually asked. When someone tags with both and it's not 100% clear why from the text of the question, we'll comment to ask them to clarify what they were thinking when they added that tag. In general, don't edit the question to reflect the tags until it's clarified whether they are actually part of the ...


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For the D&D family (including PF) there are several editions still played and supported by the community. It seems to me that this is less the case with other systems. The few shadowrun questions I've seen around here, for example, have all been about SR5. And while I consider myself a SR3 expert the same is not true for later editions because I decided ...


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Unless the OP's writing a novel, I don't see how the gelatinous cube one shouldn't be edition specific. Even if you ask an e.g. dnd-5e question you can always say "if there's not info on this in 5e but there is some old Ecology of the Gelatinous Cube article or something that speaks to it, please let me know. Exact same thing with the quasi-lich question - ...


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For me it is quite simple: Are there objective criteria to say answer is good or bad? or Can we determine that some answers are better or more correct than other answers? If not, then the question is primarily opinion-based. In your specific case, we don't know how would you judge answers. We don't know what your goal is, so we can't assume you will ...


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Happy this came up, glad to give my answer. I consider myself a former rpg.se member. If you look at my activity records, you'll see I used to be pretty active around here. But I don't play any edition of D&D or PF, so it felt like there was really nothing for me to contribute or to get out of being here. I chanced to see an opportunity to answer a ...


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Generally speaking, playing “3.PF” is extremely common, and initially, at least, Paizo touted “backwards compatibility” as a major feature of Pathfinder – that you could play 3.PF. Now, the backwards compatibility isn’t as complete as it might be (they didn’t simply write new 3.5 feats/classes/spells/etc., they rewrote a number of the base rules and thus ...


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Does the page view count indicate a problem, in your opinion? No. Are we attracting enough quality content for non-DnD systems? If not, what should we do? There's no reason to assume that quality non-DnD content would be a greater proportion of our site than the overall proportion of non-DnD players. There's no reason to assume, with DnD being so ...


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Flag answers that fail to answer the question because of stuff like that. If a querent specifically says "I want to know how this works using the second printing of the 8th edition of the rulebook" or whatever and someone answers with an answer that isn't from that specific version, that's not a real answer to the question and it should be deleted. It's ...


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I think we're actually doing better now than we used to be. On the 'How are we doing?' meta I talked about our success in this area a little, with: We aren't D&D5e.stackexchange.com Yay! We still have a hugely active 3.x and 4e community, so our that-new-thing-only issues have somewhat diminished. We are still largely D&D.stack, but Fate ...


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