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[EN/EO] RPG: Roll For Shoes! | Rolludo: Ĵetu Por Ŝuoj!

[ ENGLISH ] Do you like D&D-style role-playing, but you don't like worrying about the rules? If so, the game you want is called "Roll for Shoes." In this game, players roll six-sided dice to answer every question about what happens, including to find out, "Am I wearing shoes? Roll for shoes!" This game is easy to learn and depends on the dialogue between the players and the game master, so creativity is king and imagination is your best defense in every challenge. Like what you see and want to give it a try? Take the rules back to your own group for game night, or better yet, check out our calendar of events to see when you can join one of our games! Rules are as follows : 1. Announce what you want to do and throw an amount of six-sided dice according to the level of the relevant skill that you have. Players may do this at will. 2. If the sum of your throw beats the opposing throw then the thing you wanted to happen will happen. The difference b

[EN/EO] Why should I learn Esperanto? | Kial mi lernu Esperanton?

[ ENGLISH ] In theory, I think that it's non-controversial to say that learning another language is a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. However, in practice I've found that plenty of people like to tell me otherwise when I tell them that I'm learning Esperanto. These naysayers give me lots of reasons why I should be learning any other language than Esperanto, but the funniest thing is that they said exactly the same when I was interested in learning Russian, Latin, or even Arabic. And you know, the whole thing reminds me of an old episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 in which the workers in a bar want to form a union and stand up to their abusive boss. One of the workers refuses to join the union, and after a colleague asks why, he says, " I don't want to end the cycle of exploitation, I want to perpetuate it so that I can become the exploiter ." For me, Esperanto is the equivalent of participating in a worldwide union in support of peaceful commun

[EN/EO] Who created Esperanto, and why? | Kiu planis Esperanton, kaj kial?

[ ENGLISH ] Esperanto is a planned language, and that means that at some time soembody planned it. For Esperanto, that was in 1887, and that person was the Polish-Jewish opthamologist Dr. Ludvik Lazarus Zamenhof. Dr. Zamenhof was born in 1859 in Russian-controlled Poland. Although today's world is still far from peaceful harmony, the world in which Dr. Zamenhof found himself was much more divided than ours. Violence was a daily event in the streets, and people were separated not only by class, culture, and religion, but also language. For example, in his neighborhood people spoke Russian, German, Polish, Yiddish, and Belorusian. From when Dr. Zamenhof was a child, he witnessed terrible events among the residents of his homeland and he tended to believe that if only humanity had a shared language apart from the birth language, communication would be more likely than violence, and in that way hopefully peace would overcome war.  Dr. Zamenhof spent years planning a new lan