Yeah, I’m not done banging on this drum just yet.
You want to know how pernicious this nonsense of “protect the character at all costs” is? In an effort to remind myself that tabletop RPGs are not a hobby exclusively full of delicate flowers and gaping lady-parts, I was listening to the Roll For Initiative podcast’s episode on Death Magic Saves in the hopes of finding like-minded travelers. This is a whole podcast that accepts that death is on the table. It hangs like a specter over everything even to the point that there are specific instances where even the mightiest character can die from just one bad roll.
If you do this, you are playing D&D wrong wrong.
Alas, even this crew of first edition D&D players have succumbed to the notion of protecting the characters to protect the story. They offer countless examples of ways they “kept the…
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