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Poem: "Ready, Steady ... Oh"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>>I've read far too many tales of half-trained students and apprentices defeating evil and triumphing over impossible odds on sheer pluck and determination. <<

That's a different type of story, really. I like it when the triumph is based on using their wits to maximize their resources, or discovering and developing untapped potential. If it's just luck-n-pluck, not so much fun.

>>It's nice to see some of them actually take a good look at what's out there and say "You know what? I'm not ready yet..." <<

Yep, these are quite new adventuring students. They've seen their teachers come back victorious a few times. This is their first look at what happens when adventurers go out and get creamed. That can be enlightening, if you're not a complete idiot.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

*chuckle* I like the Evil Overlord list. Kovid, my evil warlord-wizard, also likes the list and finds it to be full of very useful advice. I like Kovid because he is smart and not over-confident.
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