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wraith808 is the long-time screen name of a long-time gamer. He is a computer consultant by trade, programming in and , but longs to be a writer and game designer.

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Apr
29
comment Problems to look out for if you are a D&D group who play Fate for the first time?
Related: Learning FATE systems from a D20 background
Apr
23
comment How much creative and descriptive power should I offer my players? Is it different for sandbox campaigns?
I still disagree with that assumption that you have to have something in your back pocket in order to still have the wonder of exploration. As stated, players, including the GM, have the right to introduce things- even in relation to encounters. The GM still has right of refusal and editing, but when you play to see what happens instead of playing to get through the story, a different dynamic comes out of that minor distinction.
Apr
21
comment Sneak attacks in Fate Core
@Nigralbus - that doesn't mean you're denying the opposition the skill, though. It's a situational and GM call. You can use the opposition's skill as the set number under certain situations.
Apr
16
comment Mechanics for player retconning
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/12758/…
Apr
6
comment How do thresholds affect were-forms?
Your edits to separate questions were indeed appreciated- but this question is still two questions in one. Each question should be focused on one specific question- both to help you get the best answer, and to be as useful as possible for posterity. I've edited out the secondary question, though you are welcome to make/rollback the changes I've made.
Mar
23
comment The tension of the possibility of failure in Fate
Good answer! Surprised I hadn't thought of this in terms of unintended/unforeseen results to get them out of the practice and more focused on what's going on in the story.
Mar
23
comment The tension of the possibility of failure in Fate
But... it does work for that. When playing with other players that aren't rabidly mitigating risks, sometimes when the 'fit hits the shan', they just don't have the fate points to make it succeed. Whether that's getting the dreaded -4 and having to use what little they have to re-roll, or just not having the points available. It's when they don't invest in the economy but rather play the economy that I see the problem happen.
Mar
23
comment The tension of the possibility of failure in Fate
Fate, and especially the Dresden Files, can be dark. There is success at a very high cost all through the source material, and even so much as to make it Pyrrhic or indeed a failure. That is simulated by the Fate Point economy and the use of refresh to squeeze the characters, so I'd have to disagree that it's the system.
Mar
18
comment How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?
@Nerevar - there are a few questions on here about dealing with unbalancing things from prior campaigns. You might want to look at that, as that seems to be your problem, more than your players' actions.
Mar
17
comment How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?
@Nerevar - so whether by hook or by crook, i.e. taking it from him before the combat, or taking it from him in combat, that rote is not cast-able without both of those items.
Mar
16
comment Roleplaying games for political intrigues, mass battles
@Heschoon - I'd suggest holding out on selecting an answer; you're more likely to get other (and possibly better) answers if you do.
Mar
13
comment Where can I find the highest CR Vampire ever in an official adventure module?
@DuckTapeAl - I edited, added details, and linked up the response. Take a look!
Mar
10
comment Transporting players from Faerun to Athas (Dark Sun)
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/10481/…
Mar
10
comment Transporting players from Faerun to Athas (Dark Sun)
What is this 'checkpoint' that you refer to? Something in the rules? Or something that you're inferring by use?
Mar
10
comment Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?
You almost have a whole answer. I'd add more to flesh it out, including where the feat is from.
Mar
6
comment RPG system for “town management”?
@gomad - can you perhaps give a bit more on how it answers the question of 'what does being in charge mean for the characters'?
Mar
6
comment RPG system for “town management”?
@Quentin - can you incorporate that comment into your answer? And perhaps (since you point out the letting the kingdom grow) how the kingdom turns interact with the character level experience?
Mar
6
comment RPG system for “town management”?
Could you detail your own experiences with the system? Have you only read it, or actually run it?
Feb
26
comment How do I weaken Drinax without making it too weak?
@JamesMarshall - remember that you can always edit your answer, and are encouraged to. These clarifications that you have posted in comments and in questions should be edited into your original question.
Feb
26
comment Are there any official guidelines for Shadowrun payouts?
Welcome to the site @raikuma! Thanks for the answer- one thing you might want to do is state your references, especially as he asked for official sources if possible. Is your answer based purely on personal experience, or is there some rules source that you're using to formulate these guidelines?