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The Rules Of Cool Characters
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The Rules Of Cool Characters


Walking Away From Explosions, and much more!

This document won't provide you with a Potion of Cool, because that would only turn out to be be a Tryhard Tincture. What this document does provide is advice on how to portray characters who are cool. It's not just about dark cloaks and mysterious histories and walking away from explosions (though it certainly can involve those things)... Being cool is a complex balance of nonchalance, cool heads, and confidence, without coming off as apathetic or overly distant. This guide can help you master that balancing act, and portray characters that are unmistakably cool.

Inside these pages you will find...

  • Valuable guidance for both players and Dungeon Masters, presented with easy-to-navigate bookmarks.
  • How to be cool even when the dice seem to conspire against you.
  • Crafting the mannerisms, backstories, and aesthetics of cool characters.
  • Avoiding "tryhard" behaviors, and developing interest without trying to make yourself the center of attention.
  • Advice on being a cool player too!
"I recommend this for players looking to up their roleplaying game at the table in a way everyone can enjoy." ~ Anthony J. ★★★★★
"Outstanding player's supplement! Whether you are a veteran or still getting the hang of D&D, everyone should be mindful of the issues spotlighted within.  The art and layout is also topnotch!" ~ Hiten D. ★★★★★

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Hiten D June 14, 2019 9:32 pm UTC
Just left a review - awesome work overall!

One small issue is that that the .pdf takes forever to load on my phone (up to 10 seconds per page). I understand that phones are not the best medium to navigate with, but the length of time is far above what it is for many other products. I'm not sure if the pages are too high quality or if it's just an issue with my phone, but I just wanted to point that out.
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Ashley M June 14, 2019 11:51 pm UTC
That's very strange! I compressed it using the same method as all of my previous documents. The only difference was that I added Bookmarks via Foxit. I have no idea if that could be causing the additional slowdown. I'm so sorry it's causing problems!
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