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Epic Characters

This 66-page handbook contains progression from 20th to 30th level for all character options found in the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, Eberron: Rising from the Last War, and Explorer's Guide to Wildemount. It also includes epic racial bonuses for all races found in the aforementioned titles, in addition to those found in Elemental Evil Player's Companion, Volo's Guide to Monsters, the Tortle Package, Locathah Rising, and Acquisitions Incorporated.

Lastly, several of Matthew Mercer's character options, such as the Blood Hunter class (2020), the College of the Maestro, the Gunslinger martial archetype, and the Totem of the Duck, have also received epic progression.

Please leave a review after purchase, so we know what you like and/or dislike. It'll help with future iterations of Epic Characters, as well as with the other products we have in the works.

Changelog

v1.1: Fixed minor errors and typos, removed D&D; logos

v1.2 (6th of July 2016) - Wording and balance, navigation improvements, two new prestige classes, epic levels for Heroes of the Orient, epic levels for the villainous archetypes found in the DMG

v1.3 (28th of November 2016) - wording and balance, new eldritch invocations, added Unearthed Arcana support, and Volo's Guide to Monsters support.

v2.0 (1st of May 2018) - Complete rebalancing, new artwork, epic flavor, and the inclusion of Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Unearthed Arcana and Prestige Classes have been removed. Added mythic progression as a means to continue advancing after 30th level.

v2.1 (11th of June 2018) - Wording and balance, slight tweaking, including a few elements that had disappeared in the 2.0 release.

v2.2 (2nd of August 2018) - Wording and balance, added subsection with guidelines for creating epic combat encounters, added expanded spell list for paladin and ranger.

v3.0 (4th of May 2020) - Big update, see below for details.

General changes: New trade dress, new layout, Subclass features moves to the end of class descriptions, Added Epic Artificer, removed references to HotO and MotO, added support for subclasses from Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, added support for races from various sources, tweaked many subclass features.

Epic Barbarian: reworked Unmatched Brutality.

Epic Bard: Moved Legendary Wordsmith from 28th to 23rd level, moved Countercharm Improvement from 23rd level to 24th level, removed Bardic Inspiration improvement, added Magical Secrets at 23rd and 28th level.

Epic Blood Hunter: complete rework to fit with the 2020 update of the class.

Epic Cleric: Reworked Destroy Undead to progress more at epic levels, added Consecrated Mien at 24th level.

Epic Druid: Reworked Beast Shape CR to be better presented and tweaked the progression slightly.

Epic Fighter: Replaced Truly Indomitable with Unstoppable Advance, changed Superior Second Wind at 25th level from 1d20 to 2d12.

Epic Monk: Removed Grand Master at 21st and 25th level, added Extrasensory Perception at 21st level, replaced Danger Sense with Iron Body at 22nd level, added Mantle of Serenity at 25th level

Paladin: Reworked Righteous Demeanor to be permanent.

Epic Ranger: Reworked the Vicious Fervor option of Apex Predator slightly.

Epic Rogue: Reworked Superior Initiative slightly and renamed it Into the Fray.

Epic Sorcerer: Increased the rate at which an epic sorcerer gains sorcery points, capped spell slot creation via sorcery points at 8th-level slots, reworked Weave Conduit slightly.

Epic Warlock: Reworked the Otherworldly Resolve invocation.

Epic Wizard: Replaced Study Focus with 4th-level Signature Spells at 23rd level, replaced Prismatic Juggle with 5th-level Signature Spells at 27th level, reworked Archmage and split it into two features: Archmage and Spellbook of the Ages.

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Simon A July 15, 2020 8:08 pm UTC
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just out of curiosity, when will then next update be due release of mythic odysseys of Theros?
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Joshua F July 14, 2020 8:08 pm UTC
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This may be the wrong place for it but the last sentence on page 10 under Reconstruction Paradigm "...but you still can't do so no more than once on a turn" should have the "can't" changed to "can."
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Joshua F July 14, 2020 9:17 pm UTC
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Additionally, could Battle Smith Artificer be added to the Boon of Improved Extra Attack list? Or could the wording be changed to "level 20 in a class or subclass that gives you the Extra Attack feature?" Weapon attacks are a big part of that subclass.
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Joshua F July 15, 2020 4:17 pm UTC
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One last question for clarification, the level 28 ability Infusion Mastery is worded in such a way that it should allow you to effectively double the number of *infusions* you have, correct? Since infused items are the limited thing (not infusions or infusions known) and how it's worded as "each of your items..." it would seem that this lets you essentially have the same number of items, but each of them is more powerful now with multiple infusions each. Is this the correct way to interpret it?
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Eric V July 14, 2020 2:25 am UTC
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Very nice. But the barbarians indomitable vigor is kind of useless. There are no con based skill checks and I've never been asked to make a con check, only a save.
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finn D July 10, 2020 3:22 pm UTC
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Hey Mark, I'm looking to play a harbinger in one of the coming campaigns and love the flavour it's bringing, it's filling the hole of cultmaster that warlock halfhandedly tried to fill. While was looking through the document when I noticed there seems to be a page missing (A spell description page containing Sword of Order and Twighlight Dust). Any chance of getting that page (or maybe even an update/release to the document)?
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Avery O June 17, 2020 3:22 am UTC
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Is there a reason why 10th, 11th, and 12th level spell points don't follow the formula for calculating spell points? Following the formula (1.375 x level, rounded up), they should cost 14, 16, and 17 points, respectively
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Joshua F June 14, 2020 5:48 am UTC
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If it's something you'd consider, I would be very interested to see what the team would do for an epic Mystic. Not sure if anyone else has requested it but I figured if not I'd be the first.
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Daniel R June 14, 2020 11:48 am UTC
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I asked about the same, but as WotC aren't continuing the Mystic base class (and if I remember right, they are making mystic subclasses instead), there's not going to be a Mystic Epic progression.

Even if it's not being continued, I'd also love a Mystic Epic progression too though, I really love the mystic v3 in Unearthed Arcana, and when I played the class myself, I didn't find the issues that everyone seems to have been complaining about.
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Joshua F July 14, 2020 8:04 pm UTC
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I think I agree with that, but it's still something I'd like to see regardless. V3 is what I've been looking at and it seems fine minus a few things (such as at-will learning any tool or language proficiency at level 1 if you play to "win") but I also don't expect them to make any further attempts at it.
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Dylan L June 03, 2020 7:02 am UTC
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There doesn't appear to be a pages option for the v3.0 changes when I click on the other option for v3.0 besides the spreads option it still downloads the spreads version. Hopefully there's a fix soon as I'm not big on the spreads versions of PDFs.
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Liz M June 06, 2020 1:22 am UTC
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I’m pretty sure one PDF is misnamed, as I tried both spreads PDFs and one of the was actually a page format
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Daniel R May 30, 2020 3:35 pm UTC
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If using the Pact of the Firearm option in Steampunk Compendium, would it be functional to use the Pact of the Blade options available to the Warlock in Epic Characters?
Extra attacks sounds fine, conjure volley is actually appropriate, and temp HP doesn't sound problematic.
The only issue there might be is Otherworldly parry, but I see no reason a revolver or similar couldn't parry as effectively as a dagger, the hilt aside.
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Benoit T May 25, 2020 10:01 pm UTC
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Hi Mark,
I saw in an old question that the Wizard - Lore Master would be added but I can't find it on the file. Do you have any information about this please?
Thank you in advance.
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Ryan M May 23, 2020 3:28 am UTC
Sorry to be asking here Marc A, but I don't see any other means to ask you directly but...what happened to Heroes of the Orient and Monsters of the Orient?? I mean I can still download the copies I had purchased but was going to see if a PoD option became available for HotO and much to my surprise...neither product is listed any longer.
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Damian F May 23, 2020 9:17 am UTC
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It's been removed to be reworked because some people complained. I and others argued against this further down in the comments but it doesn't seem like he'll be budging on that. Granted, he planned on doing a rework anyway but I still don't like it.
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Ryan M May 26, 2020 2:31 am UTC
Oh. Well that's surprising. I can't imagine what complaints would prompt something that drastic and sorry I missed that discussion.
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Alex M June 04, 2020 4:13 pm UTC
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It was due to usage of terminology such as Orient that can actually be considered as racially offensive so the decision was made to take it down and rework it in such a way as to avoid the connotations that were given. If you look for him on twitter then you can find a larger explanation.
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Damian F June 04, 2020 5:32 pm UTC
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Implying twitter is in any way something other than a bunch of screaming howler monkeys yelling each other into submission. And again I firmly disagree with what you assert.
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Oliver D July 15, 2020 3:56 pm UTC
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Figures. The tail continues to wag the dog. I wouldn't support that.
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Dungeon M May 20, 2020 5:52 am UTC
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Just a minor heads-up; the second to last sentence of the warlock's Eldritch Signs feature cuts off partway through. And about that feature, can it be used for cantrips?
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Dungeon M May 20, 2020 6:07 am UTC
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Also, several of the Mythic Maneuvers still reference the kensei and shogun.
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Tucker A May 12, 2020 9:54 am UTC
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I love what you're doing with this so much! Would there be any chance you might support the Critical Role Taldore Campaign Setting book from Green Ronin? And would you ever consider selling a physical copy of this book at some point in the future?
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Drake E May 10, 2020 11:57 am UTC
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Love the redesingns of the pressentation and the updates to the features (always loved the core book), as well as you taking the time to rework the Blood Hunt, and of course the added Artificer

speaking of, I did notise that the Artificer is missing the Epic Flavor part, happens to be one of the things I love the most from Epic Character

anyway great work as always and I am looking forward do see what you release/update next
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Marc A May 11, 2020 2:25 am UTC
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Hi Drake,

Thank you for your kind words!

We'd love to add some epic flavor for the artificer.
We haven't had time to delve into that yet and didn't want to postpone the update due to that alone.
Do you have any ideas for an approach we could take with it?
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Drake E May 13, 2020 7:44 pm UTC
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Yeah I get that.

When I was initially thinking about it I was thinking maybe some things in the same vein as Bards but with a inventor twist to it. Maybe something like "Your creations are so complex no one can figure out how they where created" for one of them
Though this is coming from someone not really familiar whit the worlds of D&D at all.

Thanks for the reply, and looking forward to see what the flavours will end up being.
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Daniel R May 04, 2020 12:07 pm UTC
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I think I actually quite like some bits of the v3.0 Druid.

Moon Surge makes much more sense than the previous feature that it replaced, and if a CR 15 form (attainable at level 30) survives combat, then it may potentially last all day. The way Wild Shape is written, you can expend more uses of Wild Shape to maintain it for a longer time (Not that 15 hours is anything to scoff at to begin with). Even then, you can still use your regular Wild Shape ability if reduced to 0hp, and regeneration gained at level 24 or 30 would make it so your Wild Shape may actually be at full capacity in the next combat.

The only thing I might have done differently is make it twice per short rest, rather than once per long rest, mimicking the earlier pre-20 druid levels.

One thing that has me wondering is the "ability to wield weapons" limitation you have put on monstrosities. It does make sense, and I'm going to assume you're referring to if the statblock for the creature gives the option...See more
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Marc A May 05, 2020 9:44 am UTC
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Hi Daniel,

I'm glad you like it. We had a look at every subclass feature, focusing on those we've received the most feedback for.
Yes, the weapons rule is to avoid shaping into a monstrosity that has weapons on their stat blocks (and perhaps no other means of attack).
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Daniel R May 05, 2020 2:07 pm UTC
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Cheers :)

Do you mind if I ask about any playtest data you have?
Does making the Moon Surge once per short rest, or even twice per short rest, really throw things out of whack?

As for the weapons, maybe something like 'A druid's wildshape is incapable of creating manufactured weapons and armor' or something?' I don't know, I'm just playing around with wording here to see what might fit, but it seems to work well enough already :)

Glad to see this here, and I hope to see more of your work in future :)
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Marc A May 05, 2020 2:34 pm UTC
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Hi again,

The moon druid's primary strength is in being nigh unkillable at epic levels.
For that reason, its dpr has to be limited to not outshine everybody else.
This is especially true when considering that the druid is still a full spellcaster.

Balance aside, it should also feel meaningful.
Twice per short rest would make it much too reliable and just be "another thing you do."
Once per long rest means that you save it for a special occasion.

Also, thank you for your kind words, Daniel!
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Daniel R May 05, 2020 2:56 pm UTC
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I suppose that makes sense.

In my experience, DMs kill level 20 Moon Druids in one of three ways. Either with extreme focus and damage, stun and similar effects to prevent more wild shaping, or knocking a bit of health off and Power Word Killing them.

I mean, at level 30, at will CR 10 forms include things like Giganotosaurus from Beasts of the Jungle Rot, and that's 217 HP right there, and the only bad physical save it has is Dexterity, so using the PWK method you would need them to fail a DEX save that did more damage than the average on an Ancient Red Dragon's Breath Weapon. More likely with DMs I know who use critical failure tables, but still that's a lot of damage.

Making the Moon Surge "special" really does work by limiting it so heavily, and it does prevent the Mythic Wild Shape from becoming redundant (Personally, I'd only really take Mythic Wild Shape if I also grabbed Boon of Mythic Maneuvering, and I like the idea of being able to take it multiple times...See more
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Daniel R April 29, 2020 4:04 pm UTC
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When looking at the Epic Spell Genesis, it says it takes a year of casting daily to work, but it doesn't state how long it takes to cast every day.
Is it an action a day for a year? an hour ritual a day? It says cast each day for a year, but the casting time is just listed as "special".
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Marc A May 04, 2020 11:36 am UTC
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Hi Daniel,

Thanks for pointing that out.
Please check the new v3.0 of Epic Characters for a revised spell description.
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Daniel R May 04, 2020 1:53 pm UTC
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Nice to see :)
Any chance of a future update having Permanence or an equivalent as a Mythic Spell?
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Marc A May 05, 2020 2:34 pm UTC
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Maybe ;)
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Daniel R May 05, 2020 2:58 pm UTC
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It's the sort of spell that would fit in with Epic Levels, I believe, but honestly, I just really want to have an evil character like a Warlock or something, be like: I have fulfilled my master's wishes, now to let the demon army invade this world! Muhahahahahaha!

I was so disappointed when I saw Gate wasn't on the Warlock spell list.
Personally, it made more sense to me to give them it rather than Sorcerers.
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Marc A May 05, 2020 3:38 pm UTC
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Honestly, I'd be inclined to agree that Gate fits better for the warlock than for the sorcerer.
We're very cautious about deviating too far from the intended WotC design though.
That's not to say that we never do, just that we try to be extra careful in such situations.
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Thorin W April 29, 2020 2:15 pm UTC
I'm really sorry to bother, but why are "Heroes of the Orient", "Monsters of the Orient" and "Unearthed Kensai" not available anymore?
I had them on my Wishlist, and just now noticed them missing.
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Marc A April 29, 2020 3:20 pm UTC
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Hi Thorin,

We became aware that those titles relied heavily on stereotypes which alienated a lot of people, especially amongst Asian communities.
Now, this was obviously never the intent. D&D is about escaping the struggles of everyday life and telling amazing stories together and I want all my titles to help people facilitate exactly that.
Thus, we're currently assessing how we can best rework them to allow everyone to enjoy them.
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Damian F April 29, 2020 6:44 pm UTC
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That is simply nonsense coming from social justice types. There's no harm in it whatsoever, any more than every other stereotype found in traditional fantasy. If people feel "offended" by it - and believe me, when people argue about being "alienated" or "offended", you can guarantee in this day and age that they are not, but instead merely acting on others' behalf to bend people to their psychotic whims - they should be free not to use the product, much as I am free not to use the more social justicey-preaching products that get posted here.

Frankly the only bad thing I can find about Heroes of the Orient is that the various bits of asian languages thrown around are hard to memorise, but that's hardly the fault of the document.
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Thorin W April 30, 2020 1:06 pm UTC
Thank you for taking the time to answer.
I understand, although I don't completelly get why that affects the "Monsters of the Orient".
Will that rework affect "Epic Characters" too?

Will there be a notification or something when they're back up, or will I have to look just every now and then?
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Marc A May 04, 2020 11:26 am UTC
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Hi Thorin,

It will affect Epic Characters too, yes.
I will announce via social media when HotO and MotO are ready for republication, as well as display them on the product pages of our other titles.
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Avery O May 04, 2020 5:33 pm UTC
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None of my Asian friends that I've talked to about this care in the slightest about Asian cultures being used as a basis for fantasy worlds, games, etc. If someone doesn't like the content of a product, they are free to not buy that product. Just because some people, who presumably aren't even Asian, are offended by perceived stereotypes doesn't mean that the world should cater to their desires. If they really don't like what your books have, they don't need to read them
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Christopher B May 05, 2020 6:21 am UTC
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You might try to understand the issue. No one is arguing fantasy RPG should be prohibited from drawing inspiration from Asian cultures, or any other real cultures, but real Asian people who live real lives objected to how Asian culture and characters were portrayed in the works. If someone put out a graphic novel or adventure supplement with black characters running around acting in a stereotypical manner, and real life black people objected, it would not be "nonsense from social justice types," it would be real people asking to be represented in a way that does not demean them. This is the same issue here. The books will be re-released just with some modifications that use authentic inspiration from Asian cultures rather than stereotypes, which makes it more fun for everyone to play the game.

Hopefully, the authors will drop calling humans and other intelligent beings "Oriental." It is fine to use the word to refer to a specific period style of furniture/art that was based...See more
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Damian F May 05, 2020 8:44 am UTC
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Christopher B, that is utter nonsense. To begin with:

There is nothing wrong with any of the depictions in Heroes of the Orient or Monsters of the Orient. Nor are stereotypes inherently evil things. (Also, I'd rather like to point out that in Asia they in fact do the reverse all the time and what do we do? We laugh along.)
And yes, it would be nonsense even then, because at the end of the day it's a bunch of twits who care more about social justice and having attention than they do about creativity and artistic merit.
Additionally, I have already seen this issue when it pertains to asians specifically multiple times already. Take the infamous Kimono incident where someone was attacked online for wearing a kimono as a costume, yet actual Asian people who live in asia liked to see it. The "asians" that moan about this are nearly always merely people who descend from Asia but instead live privileged little lives in America or elsewhere in the west and try to use their heritage as...See more
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Marc A May 05, 2020 9:33 am UTC
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Hey guys,

I've always been of a mind to revisit "old" titles and improve upon them. We just completed v3.0 for Epic Characters.
It was always the intention to do the same for other titles.

I cherish that you're interested enough to spend your time chiming in.
That said, I'd rather not have this become a place for philosophical or political debates.
I'd greatly appreciate it if we could keep this civil and focus more on the Epic series here.
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Damian F May 05, 2020 10:37 am UTC
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You may not appreciate it "becoming political". but you yourself have made it political by bowing to the pressure. I'm staying as civil as I can but the fact remains that you are bowing to political censorship based on false notions of offence. You shouldn't ruin your own artistic vision - which was well-reviewed and received - because of a few people complaining, for any reason. that's simply the wrong path to take, in my view. Making an alternate version for them I can accept, but not to water down your own work and make everyone suffer because of some people who can't handle fiction.

I really like your Heroes and Monsters of the Orient Books, as many others do. I appreciate updates for balance purposes. But I can't possibly be expected to like or support the idea of changing your established lore or flavour because of such nonsense reasoning. Besides - it's not like there is anywhere else such discussions can happen, given that you took down the Orient books. I would happily discuss this...See more
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Liz M May 05, 2020 12:44 pm UTC
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I recommend that we all step back and keep this a Q&A, and not debate over issues that would bring us no reward for our efforts. Also, congrats Marc on the v3.0 update! Some of the changes were badly needed for clarification and balance.
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Damian F May 05, 2020 12:59 pm UTC
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Reluctantly, I agree. I've said my piece so I suppose I shall get back to congratulating you on the 3.0, and also note I am looking forward to the next entry in the Ulraunt's series - and also quite enjoy playtesting for it.
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Thorin W May 05, 2020 2:35 pm UTC
What about the "Unearthed Kensai"?
Will it be included in HotO or will it be a separate title again?

Also, I'm very sorry for causing you so much trouble.
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Marc A May 05, 2020 2:42 pm UTC
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@Thorin
I don't expect I'll ever do a side project like that again, no.
Generally, I prefer to bundle things together so you don't have to switch between too many sourcebooks.

@Everybody
Thanks for keeping it civil. I appreciate it greatly!
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Christopher B June 18, 2020 8:59 am UTC
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Damian, I am glad you admit you think the feelings and lived experience of real Asian people are "utter nonsense." You have tipped your hand and shown us a rather unsavory side of yourself. The amount of energy you have wasted on arguing against the AUTHOR of a book making a decision to revisit his own work in order to improve it and make it less offensive to real people demonstrates exactly who you are. You tried to dismiss legitimate criticism of a work as a bunch of "social justice warriors" trying to get attention, and you failed. Even Marc disagrees with you. My suggestion would be to (1) Try really listening to other people's opinions and concerns before you dismiss them off-hand, (2) Ask yourself why you are so passionate about arguing against an author revisiting his own work to improve it and remove unnecessary and racially offensive themes and words, (3) If you care about art, then expend your energy creating your own art rather than telling creators that they shouldn't revisit...See more
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Damian F June 18, 2020 6:16 pm UTC
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Christopher, you are trying to resurrect an argument we have all else agreed to drop because nothing is to be done about it. You are too dedicated to your cause of social justice to care when an argument has ended and must make yourself the "right" side even when you aren't. I respectfully, begrudgingly, disagree with the author's decision and personally think it bad. But you? You are just here to demand people bend to your will, to bend the knee to your desires. Because you are an authoritarian, and that's what your kind do. You seek out anything you think you can claim "offense" over, you convince or force people to change or remove it, and then you dance around and accuse those who oppose your preclusion for censorship and "alteration" of all manner of unsavouriness.

This particular discussion is over, Christopher. You had no business reviving it and I will not reply to you further.
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