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I’m a thirtysomething dad and IT professional living in the Austin, TX area. I started gaming way back in the day, 1982, with the TSR space opera game Star Frontiers. Since then I've been an avid roleplayer. I went to 5 Gen Cons, was a regional Triad for the RPGA's Living Greyhawk campaign, helped start a gaming club (the FORGE) in Memphis, TN, et cetera.

I GM and play a variety of RPGs; currently Pathfinder is in heavy rotation as well as various non-D&D-based games.


Oct
17
comment What drives the plot for antiheroes?
I think you have two different questions here. "Why do non-heroic type PCs go from smaller to bigger crime" or whatnot, and "How do I involve PCs in a plot?" It seemed like the question was more 1 than 2, you've since re-clarified but really 2 could stand to be asked standalone.
Oct
17
revised What drives the plot for antiheroes?
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Oct
17
comment What drives the plot for antiheroes?
@Glycan, I think you need to screw your head on straight about "boredom." It's the nature of escalating challenge. Tenth level warriors don't go clean out goblin dens any more, as that would be boring. It's not boredom that is the motivation, it's the desire to achieve something new and bigger. If you think that's bad you are simply confused.
Oct
17
comment What drives the plot for antiheroes?
Are you not equally confused as to why people in the real world want to get more money? More money, more problems... But it makes life just better enough that people keep running after more. If the problem is "but your PCs are acting like people and not game pieces..." well yes. But the point is that more money/power/status solves some problems. When constructing a plot/campaign, you have to build that in. It's not "boredom," it's "problems."
Oct
16
answered What drives the plot for antiheroes?
Oct
16
comment Group social issues when roleplaying as the opposite gender
@CRoss I find most people don't play a lot of things well, elves/dwarves/etc... In our current campaign we have two Oracles that are blind and mute respectively and don't really roleplay being disabled well at all... But as long as we're RPing characters significantly different from ourselves on any vector, we'll have that problem.
Oct
16
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
16
comment Homemade setting with WFRP 3e
We're at our limit of recommendations to do things other than what the question asks, let's now restrict ourselves to answering the question please.
Oct
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
15
comment Avoiding plot pitfalls in Star Trek RPG
Well, to play devil's advocate, if you didn't want "lazy tropes rehashed" you wouldn't be playing in a rich established milieu like Star Trek. Play a generic SF game if you want to be free of setting/genre expectations - by leveraging Star Trek you are setting the expectation that there WILL be these things.
Oct
15
comment Avoiding plot pitfalls in Star Trek RPG
Most of these aren't "pitfalls" they're "features," to a Trekkie...
Oct
15
revised Avoiding plot pitfalls in Star Trek RPG
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Oct
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can you double move a stinking cloud?
Oct
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What are the rules of natural healing?
Oct
14
comment Staying in character and taking it all seriously
Thanks, I am familiar with how both LARP and tabletop work.
Oct
13
comment How important is charisma for a 3.X bard?
You won't pull down near enough honeys at the local tavern.
Oct
13
answered Staying in character and taking it all seriously
Oct
13
comment Staying in character and taking it all seriously
I've been in groups that have quite successfully played immersively in tabletop and tried LARPing and found that it significantly degraded their immersive experience. I don't think there's any justification for thinking LARPing is innately more immersive.
Oct
13
comment Staying in character and taking it all seriously
I find immersive play to not be an uncommon desire of gamers.
Oct
13
comment How do I handle a PC - NPC?
Agreed, can you explain more clearly? What exactly is going on and why you think it's a problem? It's hard to parse but it sounds like "a player likes roleplaying with another player as much as/more with me and other players."