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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.


Sep
22
awarded  Organizer
Sep
22
revised What are the advantages of Tabletop Roleplaying Games over MMORPGS and CRPGs
removed roleplaying tag per meta discussion clarifying that its not intended for reference to the hobby as a whole
Sep
22
answered Roleplaying and psychology
Sep
22
answered Are there any RPG systems specifically designed for larger numbers of players (10+)?
Sep
18
revised How should a GM deal with sexuality in an RPG?
added 8 characters in body
Sep
18
revised What tools are useful to organize a GM's campaign notes?
added link
Sep
18
comment Are there any restrictions on mastering and/or using a ritual based on its Key Skill?
Somewhere in there is what seems not quite right about rituals to me. I can never put my finger on it exactly, though.
Sep
18
comment I need a ritual to review memories
Number balance is definitely not my thing, but level 5 with 2pt lower DCs seems about right to me.
Sep
18
comment I need a ritual to review memories
This seems exactly right to me. It could even be a little easier to cast, meaning either a lower lever, lower DCs, or a lower component cost. It seems that reviewing the memories of a living person should be easier than doing it to a dead person.
Sep
18
revised I need a ritual to review memories
spelling
Sep
18
comment Fair replacement rule for D&D 4e item creation?
The point that 4e uses prices as a balancing factor is well made, but I'm not sure I see why that suggests raising purchase prices over lowering creation costs. Could you explain your thought process there?
Sep
16
comment What are the advantages of Tabletop Roleplaying Games over MMORPGS and CRPGs
Or unless you sign up for D&DI...
Sep
16
answered How to quickly plan a fun one-off session?
Sep
16
comment Rules for prone in D&D 4e?
Just to add: one big difference is that getting up from prone no longer provokes opportunity attacks. I think that's the biggest change.
Sep
16
revised What is a good example of implementing old-school design in a 4e module?
Clarified question in response to comment.
Sep
16
comment What is a good example of implementing old-school design in a 4e module?
Anything, really: megadungeon, sandbox elements, dungeons with lots of empty rooms, cursed items, modules that emphasize player skill, modules that don't emphasize a specific linear plot, etc. Any or all of these. There are certain tropes that tend to be more common in older games, and I'm curious to see how people have implemented them for 4e.
Sep
16
comment What is a good example of implementing old-school design in a 4e module?
This definitely looks promising--glancing over the reviews, it seems that the design ideas vary from module to module, but there as Beska says, C9 definitely has the cover down. I will be working through these for ideas.
Sep
15
asked What is a good example of implementing old-school design in a 4e module?
Sep
9
asked Campaign is on hiatus. How do I keep it on life support?
Sep
9
comment How to give directions to megadungeon locations without giving players too much info?
Very good advice--although I read the title as "Clues and Maps craps" at first.