4E D&D - Monster Manual (2008)
Zack: Ahhhh, present day. Look at the quality of that artwork.
Steve: They're green because they like plants.
Zack: Hmmm...the entire description of elves is boiled down to two sentences. Seems like maybe we're moving backwards in elf technology.Steve: 4th Edition is like all about streamlining stuff. Like instead of some unwieldy description and history and behavior and psychology or whatever that you are never going to read they just boil it down to whether or not this guy shoots arrows, attacks with a sword, or casts two different spell powers.
Zack: Sounds, uh, efficient.
Steve: Yeah, the totally best part is when they take a really weird, lame monster, and even though it has less information than before, his entry is now really big because they have to come up with three different types of the same monster in stat blocks.
Zack: I'm getting the idea you don't like 4th Edition?
Steve: You are way getting the wrong idea then, because I love all new additions to the D&D pantheon, especially additions that subtract.
Zack: As long as Wizards pledges to include three types of Valley Elves everything will work out.
Steve: Oh, you haven't heard the last of elves. I think we'll be seeing some great things from them.
Zack: A workshop, perhaps? A certain holiday?
Steve: Blackest holiday of the demon web pits! Underdark Christmas!
Zack: I bet Lloth's workshop is a dangerously sexy place.
Sometimes I dream that I'm sitting in the back of the defunct Weinermobile as it careens driverless down the highway. At first I thought this was symbolic of the powerlessness I feel in life, but then I realized it's actually the Weinermobile's dream of being able to drive again.
Three years ago, when we were burying my uncle, Cleaver and some gross lady dog (Solstice???) showed up at the cemetery and starting going at it really loudly. It ruined everything and we had to have a "re-do" the next day and it cost a fortune. I've hated him ever since for that.
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Zack Parsons, Steve "Malak" Sumner, and friends tackle bizarre role playing game products that make them wonder, "What the fuck!?" From the early days of Gygax to contemporary role playing games, none will be spared.