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Bryant Durrell
A long time ago when I was in college I was lucky enough to play in a great D&D campaign called (by the players, anyway) Catholic World. Eric was a superb GM. It was a low magic, high morals world. I don't think any of us ever scored a +1 weapon, but we knew right from wrong. 1/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
It wasn't pure Gygaxian right or wrong. Our GM was serious about his philosophy and Catholicism, so "right" was about what you did, not what race you were. I, for example, played a lizardman paladin. This wasn't weird or a stretch, it was just how the world worked. 2/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
It was also literary as anything. I was a pretentious sprout, so my lizardman's holy book was a tattered copy of T. S. Eliot's Collected Poems. Eric worked this into his game seamlessly; as I said, he was a superb GM. 3/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @johnabbe
The culmination of the campaign was scheduled for our 24 hour gameathon. organized these -- they were awesome, the kind of thing you can do when you're stupid and young. Board games, RPGs, computer games. These days they only last 6 hours. Wimps. 4/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
The visual highlight of the gameathons while I was there was the 24 hour Sim City game. Every hour we'd print out the city map and put it up outside the (getting pretty fragrant) gaming room. Really sucked people in, great for membership. But I digress. 5/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
Eric and Lee -- Lee ran the other epic D&D campaign in our group -- plotted to bring both their campaigns to a climax at the gameathon. We would have, drum roll, a crossover! Epic and satisfying, and certainly a good idea to schedule it for the very end. No sleep? So what! 6/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
Neither Eric or Lee spent much time thinking about whether or not the world laws of the two campaigns were compatible. Especially the ethics. 7/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
I don't remember much of the actual game. I kept nodding off and dreaming about black and white city streets. I remember somehow being in London. I don't remember when we met the other party, but I remember the climax. 8/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
Both groups of PCs converged and defeated Lee's big campaign villain. He was helpless in front of us. Lee's guys moved to kill him, because he's evil, and of course you kill him. 9/
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
That was not cool by us. We knew right from wrong. We argued. They tried to bribe us with +1 weapons -- meant nothing to them, everything to us. Nope. In the end my paladin threw his body across the villain's. "You can do it, but you have to go through me." 10/13
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
I actually don't remember what happened then. Possibly I fell asleep again. Tempers were really high, because sleep deprivation. But I remember how damned happy Eric was that his players understood good and evil. 11/13
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
Today, Eric is the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, and he's defending Trump's policy. He agrees that we should be separating mothers and children. I wish I knew what happened. 12/13
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
But I know how to fight back. 13/13
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CE Murphy 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
Good gods.
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Ginger 🙈🙉🙊 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
It’s so devastating to see people you know do this (for several different values of “this”). Especially in the service of partisan politics. I’m sorry for your loss.
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @dbenstart
You have a good case.
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @ce_murphy
It’s been weird seeing his name crop up.
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Bryant Durrell 18 Jun 18
Replying to @gentlyepigrams
Thank you.
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Hi Crimes & Misdemeanors🙋‍♂️ How Are You? 18 Jun 18
Replying to @BryantD
Wow...thanks for sharing this.
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