Wednesday, December 9, 2015

It's OSR Christmas Time!



Alright my fellow gamers, the illustrious +Erik Tenkar of Tenkar's Tavern let you know that OSR Christmas has started so here's your chance to win a few items from BRG's line of print products. Here's what's up for grabs:

Class Compendium (for use with Labyrinth Lord) (hardcover)
White Box Omnibus (for use with Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox) (hardcover)
White Box Omnibus (two of them!, for use with Swords & Wizardry WhiteBox) (softcover)
White Star: White Box Science Fiction Roleplaying (hardcover)
White Star: White Box Science Fiction Roleplaying (two of them!) (softcover)

But if you want to win, you're going to have to earn it this year! You can only win once and you can only win one product! Here's how ya win: Comment on this blog post with why hobbits or ewoks are the best races to ever grace the pages of fantasy literature and sci-fi film. It's not a contest, but I want to know that folks read the post and didn't just blindly comment. Those who follow these simple rules will be eligible to win.


It's a difficult choice, I know!
One winner will be selected later today (December 9th), with a new winner selected each day there after until seven winners have been chosen. Unfortunately, because I'm not exactly rolling in cash I am forced to limit winners to the United States.

Update: Winners So Far
+Sal Clarino:
Day 1 Winner - White Box Omnibus (Softcover)
+Matthew Skail: Day 2 Winner - White Box Omnibus (Hardcover)
+Keith G Nelson: Day 3 Winner - White Star (Softcover)
+Travis Dreher: Day 4 Winner - White Star (Hardcover)
+Forrest Aguirre: Day 5 Winner - White Box Omnibus (Softcover)
+Matt Hildebrand: Day 6 Winner - White Star (Softcover)

135 comments:

  1. First post... Hopefully you're a poor roller ;)

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    1. Sorry, Nate. You didn't finish reading the post. Go back and take a second look...

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  2. Ewoks and Hobbits both have Furry feet and save the galaxy and lands of Middle Earth millions on wasted shoes. There is nothing like having furry feet, it's like always getting to wear your slippers.

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  3. Ewoks are awesome because my not-a-geek wife thinks they're cute and thus will tolerate the watching of RotJ.

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  4. Never much of an Ewok lover.

    Halflings are cool. They are short and inoculous. Nobody notices them. Sneaky little bastards.

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  5. They have hairy feet of course... and don't wear shoes. That right there is the hard-coreness. Imagine walking all over crappy caves, muddy forest etc and having to dig the toe-jam out later. Some serious business and pretty hardcore in my books.

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  6. Ewoks are savage filthy little cannibal teddy bears - of course they're the best!

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  7. Halflings... well because of second breakfast, of course. I mean you can't just have one round of bacon, eggs, biscuits, gravy, grits, toast, sausage, hash browns, fruit, coffee, pastries, etc.

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  8. I believe Ewoks to be superior. They are the full package. Deadly cute and deadly combat skills. Gotta respect a teddy bear that can take out an AT-ST without remorse then chirp cutely about it.

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  9. Ewoks, but not from Return of the Jedi, but from the made for tv movie Ewok Adventures.

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  10. Hobbits are the best race because The Hobbit was my favorite book when I was young. Ewoks didn't appear on the scene until I was 14 years old.

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  11. Clearly Hobbits are a superior race mostly because they are so underestimated by their opponents. I once ran a Hobbit Berserker who kicked some serious ass. Ewoks? Much the same. Who fears a teddy bear? Yet they are obviously just a primitive form of Hobbit. A Neanderhob!

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    1. I think you should win. Using evolution and science to connect the two....brilliant!

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  12. Ewoks are clearly the best race of science fantasy. They are cute and lovable, they are able to defeat masses of enemies who have superior firepower, and they eat their prey, so those stormtroopers are dinner! No other race is as cute, cunning, and cannibalistic as the Ewok which clearly puts them above all other races of science fantasy.

    It's not hyperbole to say that the Ewoks would have Hobbits for lunch!

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  13. Ewoks are the best obviously as you assume they are cuddley little bears not the ferocious little so and so's they are!

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  14. Ewoks are the best because they are, at heart, miniature Wookies. You may look at them and thing "aw, so cute, so harmless!" but give them a few minutes and you're tied to a spit for dinner. Then they'll use your skull in a xylophone.

    The true disappointment in The Force Awakens will be that Ewoks are not going to be the bad guys. These guys managed to take down an Imperial force with logs and jungle vines. Can you imagine what they could do with the technology used by the rest of the galaxy? "Ewok Holocaust" should take on a whole new meaning.

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    1. What, Blogger uses my Google account to let me post, but doesn't use the name already attached to the account? Argh.

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  15. Trick question -- Endor is Middle Earth and Ewoks are the ancient ancestors of Hobbits, making them equally cool (or uncool). For evidence, compare how easily Leia subverted an elite Ewok warrior with Scoobie Snacks to the Hobbits' unhealthy obsession with breakfasting. Also, the elves are aliens, humans are rebels/stormtroopers left behind, and wizards are force sensitive. Sauron of course, is the force spirit of the Vader (Melkior was the Emperor).

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  16. Hobbits are the best b/c Bilbo called an elder wyrm "old fool." To his face. While in its lair. Sure, it was under his breath, but still, that's so metal it hurts.

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  17. And why not hobbits? They are indeed the best races in fiction for one solid fact...food. a great appreciation for food and meals...all meals...a great many meals through the day is mostly appreciated. Especially given what must be a compact internal structure.

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  18. Ewoks are the best Star Wars aliens because two full movies (so far) and an animated series were devoted to them !

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  19. Hobbits are the bestest because those swinging scythe traps merely give their dos a much needed trim.

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  20. Ewoks are great for target practice, Sith knows they need it, and Halflings are a great snack for the Vexare. I do have to say Halflings are great cooks. Never meet a half king meal I did not enjoy.

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  21. "Hobbits are the best because you can't have hobbit stew without hobbits." - Grum, Orc Raider

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  22. Hobbits win, hands and hairy feet down, because of their love of meals. Not just food - meals, where you sit down with friends and family to enjoy the comforts of home and hearth. That's why they have so many! Too many people equate a hobbit's love of meals with an obsession with food, which is simply a tragedy given their generous and hospitable nature. It's a tradition among many hobbit families to use the meal as a way to break the ice with strangers and newcomers and to welcome old friends back into the fold. Truly a delightful people!

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  23. I had a rad halfling in my very first Warhammer Fantasy RPG campaign. She was known as "Leaping Maggie" Scunthorpe because she would always kill people with head hits. I just imagined her all ninja flipping through the air.

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  24. Hobbits beat everyone else out by a mile because 1) pipe weed, and 2) fuzzy feet!

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  25. I'm not eligible to win, being in Europe, but I wanted to share this truth:
    Ewoks and Halflings are equally fearsome. In fact, they're the same. The only thing that separates them is a bar of soap and a good razor.

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  26. Ewoks are great bc they eat people! I want to win!

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  27. Halflings are the coolest because of pipe-weed. Who knew Tolkien was a stoner?

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  28. Hobbits are the best because they just want to stay home and play games. Thanks, man!

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  29. Ewoks are thè best because they are cuddly little cannibals that worship droids

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  30. Dude. Hobbits and I share some of the same interests, food and smoking pipes. Plus those buggers are just plain awesome at throwing rocks and hiding in plain sight!

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  31. Ewoks are the best because of course they are cute cuddly little cannibals and that is awesome but mostly because they say star cruiser in such a cute way that you have to love them.

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  32. Hobbits are superior as they aren't as hairy!

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  33. Ewoks. That battle on Endor was the coolest thing I ever saw as a kid. We re-created that battle over and over again when we played.

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  34. Ewoks, who can't love cute cuddly blood thirsty arboreal teddy bears who have a taste for human flesh and uses the skulls of their enemies as musical instruments.

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  35. I just played an Ewok character in +James August Walls DCC/Starwars crossover game. It was just the DCC Halfling class with an Ewok suit and it worked perfectly with no adjustments. As such, I feel they are both equal in there ability to be deadly and cute at the same time.

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  36. It's funny. I've always really liked both hobbits and Ewoks, although for different reasons. The animosity towards both of them has always surprised me a little bit.

    With that being said, I can more strongly argue that hobbits are the best fantasy race for a number of reasons. I think hobbits (along with dwarves and elves) are elevated in fantasy literature by their origin in Tolkien. In particular hobbits represent the everyman. They don't have any particular arete (in contrast to elves, who are, in many ways, arete personified). Hobbits succeed not because of the nobility of their birth or inherent virtue, but because they persevere in spite of being half the size of other people (only fractionally smaller than the dwarves). Hobbits are "just folk" and that has a lot of narrative power in a genre that often highlights the magical and the wondrous.

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  37. Hobbits are the best because their food is clearly superior to all other fantasy races.

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  38. I find Hobbits better then Ewoks simply because I found some Hobbits attractive, and I have to agree with Ben's comment on their superior food options.

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  39. Ewoks worship C3P0. Enough said!

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  40. I have always had a soft spot for ewoks. It influenced me alot as a child to watch a "primitive" race bring down the galactic empire in a battle. This is why I think they are the best.

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  41. Hobbits, specifically Tolkein hobbits, are spiffy dressers. All tweed jackets and brass buttons and colorful vests.

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  42. My son learned about Star Wars through the Family Guy version. That's probably scarred him for life.

    Ewoks and halflings in habit the same ecological niche as wolves. They band together to take down deer, elk, dark wizard lords, and AT-STs. Individually, they're not much of a threat. But taken as a pack (or, village), the hail of sling stones and spears is frightening to behold. But they hide their martial prowess behind cute fur, tea and cake lunches, and below-average stature. So they are, by far, the most awesomenest of the races in lands of fiction.

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  43. Ewoks are not good, but are redeemed slightly by the fact that they have united a great number of disparate souls. Specifically, united in hatred. Solidarity.

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  44. Hobbits win by default because ewoks tried to make us believe you could fight a guy in armor with rocks and destroy a walker made of steel with a tree suspended from a rope. More like suspend my disbelief, amirite?

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  45. Because halflings are half the fun of all RPGs! Terrible one, right? Ok! Halfling ar a great source of Luck (yeah, I am a DCC player!), that's why they are essential!

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  46. Hobbits are perfect because they are innocent (Tolkien-wise) and represent simple people discovering things greater than themselves. (Ewoks are good because monsters, and adventurers, need to eat).

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  47. I am forced to admit that Ewoks are "the best" when compared to halflings because I don't know of an Ewok equivalent to the kender (yeech).

    In addition I hear as the empire declined the act of Ewok poaching became it's own sport among Imperialist elites. Often they were then given to the poor to feast on. Eventually becoming a delicacy after it was learned how well they fry up. Or at least that is something that happened in an old WEGS game I played in years back.

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  48. I've never hated Ewoks the way many others have although I have no particular love for them. However, I would have to say that Hobbits are the better race primarily because they have not engendered universal animosity the way Ewoks have. Plus, everyone could hardly wait to play "Halflings" but no one ever wants to play "Teddy Bears."

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  49. Well, I feel like this is a trick question - Hobbits are the clear winner ("Yub Nub" THIS ya Teddy Ruxpin rejects!) but when making the argument are we confined to /just/ hobbits or the whole halfling milieu? If we fold in the expanded fictional family it's not just a win but a landslide: Halflings, Warrow even ~shudder~ Kender all contribute to the victory. But the challenge specified "Hobbit" which narrows down the acceptable citations to Tolkien more or less exclusively. Which, again, isn't hard - destroyed a ring of power? Check. Tag-teamed the witch-king of Angmar with a blonde horse-viking princess? Palantir stealing, scry-peeping fool of a Took? Check. And speaking of Took there's always that persistent rumor one of the old Tooks took a fairy to wife ("why HELLO, elf ladies . . .") which makes, weirdly helflings possible Tolkien cannon. In short, canonically, in their first fictional appearances hobbits lived out the sort of adventures you'd see airbrushed onto the side of a van or a heavy metal album cover. Ewoks? Worshiped a droid and played with rocks. I mean, they kicked butt with rocks but, well . . . You draw an Ewok riding a dinosaur, you have post-hipster irony. You draw a hobbit riding a dinosaur and you end up with Eberron.

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  50. Because Ewoks taste like chicken!

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  51. Hobbits are the best race to ever grace the pages of fantasy literature and film for the very simple reason that they do a great job of helping us see and appreciate the simple, little things. Anyone can relate to the things a hobbit loves in life. You may not want what they want, but you can understand what's attractive about it. Hobbits make it easy to become immersed in any book or film where they're featured.

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  52. They are equal, only as long as the Ewoks are assumed to be the predatory storm-trooper eating cannibals not shown on film.

    Same goes for Halflings. Cannibals a-la Dark Sun or GBTS (go back to the Shire).

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  53. (First comment attempt seems to have vanished; apologies if I accidentally duplicate.)

    Hobbits are easily the best, because they are supposed to be people we relate to ... unlike the Elves, Dwarves, or the Men of the West ... who are all so very EPIC.

    Ewoks? No, no, no, no. Also, no. They're sight-gag fodder only.

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  54. Hobbits are clearly superior to Ewoks because despite the obvious adorable factor the Ewoks possess, Hobbits actually have a real life similar race that was discovered in Flores, Indonesia, that was discovered AFTER Tolkien wrote about his version. Ewoks reclaim their throne if a similar actual race is ever discovered anywhere.

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  55. Hobbits are the best races to ever grace the pages of literature because they represent a pastoral, cooperative way of being that humans long to return to.

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  56. Well I would pick Hobbits over Ewoks as the best because their history is well thought out and I want to live in a Hobbit hole when I retire.

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  57. Halflings are great because they are easier to outrun if there is a dragon after you.

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  58. Ewoks are irresistable. Even Leia had to touch one. When I was a kid, I wished I was that Ewok. Mmm. Leia.

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  59. Did you check out the original draft maps from Tolkien that just came out last month? (Google it!) If you look at the notes on Shelob's Lair, they indicate that Sam and Frodo were originally going to encounter Ungoliant herself, rather than just one of her children. That's apparently what Professor T thought it would take to truly challenge a couple hobbits. Even then, I assume the outcome would still have been the same.

    Samwise > Ungoliant > Morgoth > all other Valar

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    1. That's because Samwise is, in fact, the most badass hobbit ever:

      He simply walked into Mordor. Defeated the spawn of Ungoliant with nothing but an enchanted pig-sticker and a glowing glass of water. He willingly surrendered the One Ring without any one convincing him or forcing him to do so. Then, after it was all over? What does he do - he goes home, uses a seed to restore his home land, then he becomes mayor for 49 years, marries the hottest hottie in the Shire and has a METRIC TON of kids before peace-outting to the Undying Lands.

      Sam Muthufuggin Gamgee. (Or Gardner, if you prefer)

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  60. Hobbits are the best because A) warm and fuzzy without being creepily furry; B) healthy appreciation of multiple breakfasts; C) pipeweed addicts; and D) they're such unexpected little murder machines....

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  61. I'd take a hobbit over an Ewok just for the fact that they aren't as carnivorous towards their slain foes. That and they enjoy a second breakfast.

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  62. Hobbits *OR* Ewoks? I guess I'd have to say that I look more like a hobbit, but with I could fight shoulder to shoulder to shoulder with Chewbacca like an Ewok. Oh, hey, I'm guessing "Yabnabs" is an unacceptable answer, huh?

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  63. I thought ewoks WERE the facehugger-equivalent stage of the Hobbit cycle. After feasting on they shed their fur (leaving a bit for the toes of course) and headed to breakfast.

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  64. Hobbits are the easy choice, hands down. Without them, traditional fantasy literature might never have gotten as popular as it did. Ewoks are cool and all, but we know they really were just a substitute for Wookies.

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  65. Hobbits are the best race evar. Inconspicuous but hearts of pure evil.
    Thanks for running this contest!

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  66. I don't always comment at Halfling's Luck...
    But when I do, I'm probably trying to win some loot because halflings are the best people to grace fantasy literature because they seem so innocuous and boring until you're cut 17 times (once in the back for 5x damage!) and left with nothing more than your clothes and shoes.

    *steals the win*

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  67. Hobbits are clearly the Mary Sue of Tolkien's writings, finding victory through proper British resolve and dignity. I do like them best, although this post has just made me realize that I could probably launch Ewoks at a party in D&D without mentioning them by name, and have them be a ferocious, nasty foes. And then just see how long it is before the party realizes they just killed a bunch of Ewoks.

    I still think Hobbits are more fun if only because they resonate with me. My Dad gave me the JRRT boxed set many many years ago, and while he also took me to the original Star Wars movies, the special effects in that boxed set were better.

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  68. Hobbits have furry feet and love relaxing with friends, drinking a pint and digging in to some snacks.

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  69. I'm curious, who would win in a fight? A hobbit or an ewok? While hobbits are universally liked, and ewoks are only liked by little kids... ewoks seems better trained to fight... though we only saw them fight stormtroopers, who can't hit anything. I think they're both cool, though I think hobbits serve better food.

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  70. Both ewoks and hobbits make great crockpot meals.

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  71. Hobbits are the best race because ... err.
    Ok, Ewoks are the best race because ...

    Forget it! I can't bring myself to admit it ;)

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  73. Hobbits are better cause there's far less shedding when snuggling with.

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  74. Hobbits are the superior race because:
    1. They're agrarian (farmers) by nature
    2. Since they're farmers, they love tubers (taters)
    3. Harvesting taters requires digging in the dirt
    4. Digging in the dirt leads to finding buried things
    5. Buried things, as everyone is well aware, can be quite old
    6. Old things can also be oddly spooky (not sure why...)
    7. People universally love spooky things (just ask JPL)
    8. Therefore Hobbits are universally loved

    TA DA! Logic always wins!

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      See what happens when you rush things?

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  75. Hobbits hold a slight edge over Ewoks for being better because the former saved Middle Earth by themselves while the latter just helped in saving the Endor!

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  76. In hole in the rules, there lived a hobbit.
    Not a nasty, wet hole, nor a dry sandy hole, but a hole created by litigation. For hobbit, you see, was the intellectual property of the Tolkien estate. So they sent their troll lawyers (stony, not rubbery) with orders to cease and desist, and where the Hobbit had lived before, where there now existed a hole, TSR did place a thing called a halfling. Halfling is not a very nice thing to call a hobbit, but alas, that's what we're left with.

    And that, children, is why hobbit is the best race. No other playable PC race, not dwarves or elves, was worth sending in the lawyer-trolls. None but the Hobbits.

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  77. Ahh...I remember one only two characters I ran when WEG had the Star Wars license: Eejo the Ewok. I was inspired by that one Ewok in RotJ, standing atop a log and waving a Storm Trooper blaster in the air. We played not long after Battle of Yavin, so he had the back story of sneaking aboard an Imperial Shuttle on its way up to Death Star #2, and becoming one of the most wanted sentient in the galaxy, not out of maliciousness, but because his naive savagery had him always causing mischief.

    Events led to him joining the party and causing him to crash their YT-1300 on reentry. He was in the engine room, and one of the machines 'bit him', so he shot it, sending a blaster shot ricocheting throughout the ship to puncture the cockpit window.

    That's an Ewok for you. No matter what, they ensure something exciting is going to happen, whether you want it to or not.

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  78. Hobbits prove their worth throughout the trilogy of the Ring. They have massive hearts, are brave beyond their measure and always helpful in a pinch

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  79. Ewoks were clearly created to troll Star Wars fans, and since hobbits can best trolls.... Hobbits > Ewoks.

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  80. Hobbits are the best because my first character was a hobbit!

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  81. Ewoks are cool because they faced down the Empire with not much more than Big Stick and a lot of rocks

    On the other hand, Hobbits are awesome because they live underground in the kind of homes that I would actually want to own for myself.

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  82. Hobbits are definitely superior. Despite their size, they can fit into tight places like a sack, which can be launched via trebuchet over a city's walls and onto an unsuspecting mark's rooftop. Usually they cut themselves free while in flight and land without mishap. Those that don't make a sound like EEEEEEEE!!! followed by a loud WOK! as they hit the pavement.

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  83. As I said over on Tenkar's Tavern, I'm very new to OSR stuff and have only been playing RPGs at all since 2013, but the community is incredible and seems so awesome and these giveaways are great so here we go!

    Hobbits are the best to me because after learning to read the first book I ever read at 4-5 years old was the Hobbit, and it's shaped my imagination ever since.

    (While I gave my same answer as on TT at least it seems here it will list my actual name instead of "Unknown". I have no idea how G+ stuff works.)

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  84. Hobbits! In times of plenty they tend to the sedentary and pastoral life style and enjoy copious amounts of food, but don't let this fool you. Hobbits are hardy, enduring folk that have the capacity to go the distance. Their frames put on fat as a means of storing energy for those 'lean' times. Not only are their bodies capable of great feats of endurance and withstanding much hardship, their minds, once properly focused are equally enduring. Properly motivated, these wee folk are strong fighters and can go the distance.

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  85. I'm a fan of both, but Ewoks win out for me.

    Hobbits/halflings have class restrictions - even when they aren't told they can't be certain classes, they default to being thieves/rogues, basically.

    Ewoks, on the other hand, are pretty smart and despite their lack of technological awareness, they are clever and can build lots of fun things. They also have Ewok shamans who are basically Force users - even if they were never really detailed in the movies. Ewoks were originally the same race as Wookiees, which makes them extra cool, and if you look around you can see that dogs and other animals can easily masquerade as Ewoks, so they aren't entirely in your imagination.

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  86. Ewoks are clearly superior. How many halflings have you ever seen take down an AT-ST?

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  87. Hobbits. Hands down. Because Leonard Nimoy cut a groovy 70s tune about one.

    /mic drop

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  88. Ewoks are the best/worst because they're the Viet Cong!

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  89. Hobbits win! Nobody expects a hobbit. They're so innocent. Roll up a true neutral hobbit and see what the rest of the table does...they won't know what to do with you!

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  90. Hobbits! They lead a sedentary life and grow weed to smoke.

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  91. I have recently converted to the religion that worships the Golden One Who Saved Us From Opression. Previously we were just a group of sentient little bear-like people, but now we have purpose.

    On a serious note, thanks for the contest, you rock!

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  92. Ewoks because they eat sentient beings and use their skills to make music

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  93. Hobbits... err sorry, halflings, are the best because Frodo was the only character in the Lord of the Rings brave enough to give Sauron the finger.

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  94. Hobbits are the best race to ever grace the pages of fantasy fiction because they enable the small, the young, the inexperienced, and the fearful to vicariously live the life of heroic characters from their own point of view, through the eyes of someone who is not at all unlike them, and very much unlike all those other heroes of fantasy fiction. Hobbits open the wide vista of all fantasy and make it approachable and understandable to those who might otherwise feel put off by heroes of less humble stature.

    They let the reader understand that, though they might be only a little fellow in a wide world, they too can be heroes and can make a difference.

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  95. Ewoks are clearly the best. They beat the empire with stone age weapons, they eat intelligent beings, and they're kind of adorable.

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  96. Little known fact: Hobbits are actually shaved ewoks. You know how long it takes to shave an ewok? Long enough that they both deserve props just for trying.

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  97. Ewoks are the best, cause they know how to throw one hell of a party!

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  98. Halflings think they are so hot with their hairy feet and their holes for homes but Ewoks are hairy all over and live in tree-tops on a moon! pwned.

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  99. I was six years old when I saw Jedi in the theater, the first Star Wars movie I was able to enjoy that way. Thus, Ewoks are, and probably will always be, pretty much the greatest things ever.

    Also, my dog Dishy really looks like one.

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  100. Hobbits represent the quiet, humble side of us all that has hidden depths and untold reserves of strength. They are the best of us writ small.

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  101. Hobbits, of course. For their unerringly accurate stone throwing (imagine a hobbit on the pitcher's mound pitching for your home team) and for those awesome round doors.

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  102. Hobbits by far, even though they do not kill a bunch of storm troopers, they did save the world.

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  103. For my money, Hobbits win hands down in a face off with Ewoks. They are hardy adventurers (sometimes) that are resourceful and when required a bit sneaky. Not your flashy testosterone filled fighter, but your thoughtful, plucky little guy. Plus they eventually figure out where to stick the pointy bit...

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  104. Hobbits are awesome, because they appeal to our dark, gluttonous nature. Mess with their food, ale or tobacco, and they will be coming after you.

    Ewoks take it a step further. They obviously love long-pork. Ever wonder what was served up at that victory feast at the end of Return of the Jedi? I'm just saying... there sure seemed to be a lot of storm trooper helmets lying around... I didn't see any bodies!

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  105. Ewoks are great at worshiping droids, that no one is looking for.

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  106. Ewoks are the best because who else would take on Imperial Storm Troopers with flint spears and win!

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  107. Ewoks were created to be interesting for the kids to sell toys. Hobbits were created to be the populace of 'old england' that doesn't really exist except in the nostalgia of JRRT. It's why no one can really write and understand the 'little people'

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  108. The hobblets, yes, I can get behind as being a badass fantasy race. They eat many meals a day, have a generally cheery disposition, and possess more resolve in their tiny bodies than you could possibly image. Ewarks, on the other hand. They just try to eat people.

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  109. Halflings - small of stature, stout of heart.

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  110. Ok... I've just seen "halflings" autocorrected to "half lungs" and "half longs" so now I can't even remember what I wanted say about the little nuggets. Anyway, do ewoks share their luck?

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  111. Hobbits because ewoks can't walk into Mordor.

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  112. Hobbits are the best because they are great example of playing on hardmode. Anybody can win playing a Legolas. Playing a hobbit means you earned it.

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  113. Ewoks are best because my doggie looks like an Ewok.

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  114. Hobbits are best; I've always really dug the "i don't really wanna" attitude, but then they end up being really good at what they do (particularly burglars).

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  115. Hobbits are the best fantasy race in literature, as they represent us the reader. Frankly, most of us will never go on grand adventures, would really rather stay home, curled up with a good book (or modern media equivalent), enjoying delicious meals with good company in comfortable surroundings. And yet we yearn for adventure, and believe (or dream) that if an adventure came up and carried us off, that we would eventually rise to the challenge and triumph. We each want to embody the virtues of loyalty and bravery, be clever, and quick, and nimble when it counts; we want to grow in skill and bravery, and save our friends and our communities from ill. Hobbits are constantly underestimated, undervalued, and underappreciated, and yet they endure.
    They are also the most fun to play at the tabletop. My all-time favourite characters are the twin rogues, Kyrie and Monty Applebottom, green-eyed, red-haired, rosy-cheeked, and freckled, yet going against dragons, overcoming the worst (and best) luck, and coming out the other side, battle-scarred or unscathed, with stories to fill a lifetime of laughter. Monty can manage to find an apple a day to keep hunger at bay in the strangest of places, jumped across continents though the mishaps of his "detect magic" portals, and dealt death to the Dragon Queen without getting a scratch himself (as part of a wonderful team, and a battle worthy of an epic poem or opera. Or operetta - Gilbert and Sullivan would be attached to write). His sweeping vendetta against giant frogs-with a battle-cry of Eat or Be Eaten!-ended in with food-poisoning and gluttony-induced fever dreams so vivid that his lizardman friends founded a religion (All Hail Toadymat!) on the strength of them...

    Whimsical, yes, but wonderful, always! All hail the mighty Hobbit!

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    1. Oh, and I may be Canadian, but I do have a US-based address for mailing purposes, should I be otherwise fortunate enough to win. If only I were as lucky as my Monty...

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  116. Holy Hobbits, is this still going on? Was I supposed to write an entry each day?!?!

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  117. Ewoks->They were instrumental in taking out a legion of the emperor's best men.
    Too many comments to see if this has already been said

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  118. Ewoks FTW. They are honorable dwarf Wookies that live in treehouses and employ badass Rambo survival skills. No contest.

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  119. I'm totally late to the party, right?

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