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I've only been gaming steadily for about five years, and most of that has been DMing for D&D.

I'm very interested in the early RPGs of the 70s and early 80s, but my active game right now is a 4th edition D&D game with some house rules to (hopefully) give it some of the feel of those older games.

My interest in gaming is two-fold, in that not only am I an active gamer, but a PhD student in anthropology and will be writing my dissertation on role-playing games. I'm interested in the connections between play, myth, and ritual.


Aug
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comment What's a good way to use treasure XP in 4th edition?
I don't mind tossing it in as an aside, I just noticed when looking at forum threads for ideas that these questions often got sidetracked onto the broader philosophical question of XP awarding. Basically, I think of treasure XP as generic quest XP (i.e., it's not tied to a specific plot point). It also means that players don't want to kill everything in sight, but instead try to think of creative ways to get to the interesting things. That is how I feel adventurers should behave, not just looking for things to kill.
Aug
20
comment What's a good way to use treasure XP in 4th edition?
All good points--I've mostly only looked at 1e and OSRIC. One thing that does bug me about needing to sell items to get the XP is that in my limited experience (no pun intended) it tends to lead to tedious bargaining with shopkeepers. I know some people love that, but neither I nor my players do, so I've just handed out the XP upon getting the treasure back to "base," or out of the dungeon. As this usually includes multiple items it doesn't preclude appraisal.
Aug
20
answered How do you adjudicate a chase?
Aug
20
comment What's a good way to use treasure XP in 4th edition?
Part of the point (at least for me) of treasure XP is the players knowing that's how the get XP, as it creates different goals and motivations in play. Other than that, I think that's what I need to do. For some reason I've been wary of changing the XP curves. Sacred cows, I guess.
Aug
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answered How do current D&D 4e DMs deal with loot?
Aug
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answered How do I run a game for a larger group?
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asked What's a good way to use treasure XP in 4th edition?
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answered Will a house-rule for trained skills work?
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answered Do marks go away when one of the parties is dead or incapacitated?