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An Open Letter to Our Visitors

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Things have been a little quiet around here, but it doesn’t mean we’re fading. In fact, it’s the calm before the storm. We have been reaching out to people we like in hopes to work together on cool projects. So I thought I would take this opportunity to shout out the people we like most. You!

During our mailbag episode we were asked if DnDUI surpassed our expectations. Resoundingly yes! We have received so much love and support it is inspiring. When people I match with on Tinder already know DnDUI before my gushing about it, it makes me feel like we are doing something right by the community.

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Dawww, you guys.

When we set out to learn how to play D&D two years ago, we turned to the internet (see subheading Reddit & Podcasts) as we do with most crucial knowledge. When 5th Edition arrived we wanted to give back and be the resource for people starting up and looking for help like we did!

We always want to hear our visitors thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. Whether you come here for entertainment, learning, or you have  a burning crush on Raff, we want to say we appreciate it and want to know how we can do more for you.

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Join the Crusade Contest

The DnDUI Season 5 Street Team Challenge

You could win a massive DnDUI prize pack!

How to enter?
1) Choose your favourite Charolastro & download their digital street team kit
2) Submit a photo of yourself representing DnDUI & your favourite Charo to our Twitter, Facebook or Reddit
3) You can submit a photo for each item in the street team kit! That means you get 3 chances to win!
4) At the end of season 5 a dice will be rolled to randomly select a winner, who will win a giant DnDUI prize pack!
We will also be choosing a winner for “Most Awesome DnDUI Street Team Member!” So be creative! Want to Cosplay as Sweet D? Get a DnDUI tattoo? Preach the teachings of Uthgar outside your local university? Go for it! Which ever fan impress the DnDUI gang the most will also win a prize pack!!!

Here’s an example of some of the artwork in the kits:
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What are you waiting for? Hit the streets!

A Note About Fetishism

I once got into an argument with some very smart people about the nature of books in the emerging world. I argued that Books would become obsolete. The cost of the material goods, and the limitations that printed text brings would ultimately be the down fall of material books and digital files would emerge supreme for every day use. The only response was: “Yes but digital files don’t FEEL like a book, they don’t SMELL like a book” . Sure, this is true. But when you are in the marketplace looking for a book to read on the airplane, will you buy a $12.00 paperback, or a $2.00 digital download. Any preference for print would, at that point, be purely fetishistic.

I never really got the whole idea of the book as a fetish object, until very recently. I used to DM using only online resources made available to me through the wizards website and I was pretty content with it. I got access to every single monster, item, trap, you name it, ever made and it was all 100%  paperless. Then, I found out that I was getting the 5e manuals in physical copy. At first I scoffed, but I ended up stopping by a chapters one day with time to kill and I skimmed cover to cover, the 4e monster manual. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t fall in love. To pour over the illustrations, to know where everything is in the book, it was all so…pleasant. I want the manuals now more than anything else. I now understand those stories you head of retro geeks like Patton Oswalt carrying around manuals like safety blankets. It all kind of, in a near inexplicable way, makes sense to me.

I fell so deeply in love that I, frugal as I am, made a rare indulgence and bought the 1e ad&d monster manual, to combine my new fetish, physical books, with my old one, the love of the terrible early art and creatures of D&D. I t hasn’t even arrived and I know it will be one of my prized possessions.

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