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— Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Freiherr von M√ľnchhausen

~Order of the Stick #12

This one will definitely stand as "geekiest post to date," so for my dear readers of the non-geek persuasion, best not to read this one.

Now, as you read in a previous post, I'm a huge fan of the Order of the Stick. While reading today's, they mentioned Vaarsuvius' familiar from strip #3, which led me to re-read some of the old ones.

Strip #12 prompted me to post about it because if Rich were a right-and-proper geek, he would remember a passage from the First Edition Players' Handbook in which Mr. Gyagax explains that there are a number of different uses of the word "level," and that it can be confusing. During playtesting, apparently, they had discussed the possibility of using the term "rank" to describe player level, "power" to describe spell level, and so on, but had decided that it was better to leave well enough alone and just call everything -- from the floor in a dungeon, to the strength of an enemy, to the experience of a character, to the magnitude of a spell -- just plain "level".

What does this prove? Only that apparently I'm geekier than a geek geeky enough to make a geek cartoon full time.

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