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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.


Mar
10
comment How can a GM quickly create interesting, engaging NPCs?
Bountied @AdamDray's answer in the end because of its more organized approach. It was tough, I like @Pseudoepehdrine's/@Judd's for the minimal jumpstart - name, appearance, goal, hook/relationship. I'll probably use those as the starter to seed the "NPC card" format. Other answers were too simplistic ("grab a trope," "grab a friend," "grab an actor" are not complete answers) or too long of an exercise unless you are doing heavy prep.
Mar
10
comment How do you help your GM/fellow PCs track buffs/debuffs?
This is what we do now, I was hoping for something better and less chatty.
Mar
9
revised How do you help your GM/fellow PCs track buffs/debuffs?
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Mar
9
asked How do you help your GM/fellow PCs track buffs/debuffs?
Mar
9
comment PC in chains, planned myself into a corner
+1. "What about the pacing" is just putting your story above the player's experience. Cut bait on a bad idea.
Mar
9
comment PC in chains, planned myself into a corner
Learn the lesson that PCs come before your NPCs or story?
Mar
8
revised How do I handle a player who plays his character far differently than the character was originally presented?
added 13 characters in body
Mar
8
revised Where to find game session reports?
edited tags
Mar
8
revised Where can I find transcripts of actual game sessions?
edited tags
Mar
8
comment Methods for round-robin style DM'ing in AD&D?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/22584/…
Mar
7
revised How to maximize the opportunities of roleplaying military rank in a PC group, while minimizing the limitations on the players
added 62 characters in body
Mar
7
comment Do metamagic feats increase a spell's casting time in Pathfinder?
Yeah, he said "spontaneous" in his question.
Mar
7
comment Should house rules and custom material be created before experiencing the game?
I'm tempted to say this isn't a real question, just an invitation to discussion. What is the real problem you are looking to solve? What makes an answer correct? If this gets a good edit in a little bit it won't need to be closed.
Mar
7
comment How can a GM quickly create interesting, engaging NPCs?
Hey all - please try to make complete answers and not "here's one random thought" - this isn't intended to be a list question.
Mar
5
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on
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5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on
Mar
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
4
comment Is it really possible to represent a 'genius' character completely accurately?
"How do I play someone super smart" is interesting. "Well duh give them +10 skill points per level" because that's the mechanic for INT is lame. Pretty much every game out there with an INT stat can have one so way high it's hard to play from a story/RP POV.