the pearl

Second Edition, Not Third

"Oh fuck off, Pooch! I am not re-rolling!"

Pooch jabbed a finger at the rulebook, pointing at the fine print. "It's right there, Jay! If you're wearing the Shield of Elgaron and the Cloak of Glindielle, you actually lose five defense points!"

"You're such a Rule Fascist!" Jensen grumbled, reaching for his Mountain Dew. "And we were totally playing Second Edition and that's a Third Edition book!"

"All right!" Jolene yelled. She rolled the 20-sided die. "While you were bickering, the sound of your shouting caused a cave in. Rocks fell, everyone died."

"But..." Jensen whimpered.

"Rocks fell. Everyone died."

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