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location Zurich, Switzerland
age 41
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My first language is German. I started playing with Das Schwarze Auge. As a referee I'm lazy and prefer to do things just-in-time. My preferred system right now is Labyrinth Lord.


Jul
17
comment What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5
I remember that when I ran adventures published for 3E, the renamed skills were the only thing that actually confused. Everything else I could run as-is.
Jul
15
comment How to kill a troll in D&D 3.5?
I think Lugh is right in that the PC kills the troll, beheads it (another standard action) and kicks the head away. He then has a few minutes to help fight the remaining trolls (at least 30 rounds which should be plenty). Once all the trolls are beheaded, build a pyre and burn the heads. Once the fight is over, one guard should be enough to make sure any half-regrown limbs are cut off before the pyre is ready.
Jul
15
comment How to kill a troll in D&D 3.5?
I agree in general. But in this particular case I am in fact interested in the solution by the rules because I've had a discussion with players claiming that trolls were even stronger than I had made them out to be as it was going to be practically impossible to kill them and pointing out some problems with my interpretation of the rules. Basically fighting a squad of trolls was going to take at least twice that many characters, because in the end one will have to keep whacking the troll to keep it down while the other takes a long time to try and burn all the pieces.
Sep
7
comment 3.5 Monk Ki Strike and Damage Resistance
You are right. I fixed my answer accordingly.
Sep
5
comment What props or other tools can I use to improve pacing?
I don't understand what techniques and tangibles are in this context. Can you clarify or provide examples? I wanted to answer with an example of how I used retrospectives or flashbacks to fill in blanks when doing a fast forward in the campaign, but then that seemed like a technique to me. Tanglibles sounds like using poker chips or something like that?
Sep
5
comment What can make OGL material harder or easier to reuse in other products?
The example I'm thinking of right now is the Bard's Gate city supplement by Necromancer Games. At the time I wanted to create a community wiki for the book, but found the license to be unusable, and while the main author Casey Christofferson liked the idea, Clark Peterson of Necromancer Games never replied to my emails asking for a separate license.
Aug
29
comment Using the iPad as a GM-tool
Apparently my usage of printed books relies on little details like useful info being on the pages around the current page and my ability to quickly scan backwards and forwards, and on leaving books open where I last used them without intending to come back (and setting no bookmark), essentialy substituting as automatic bookmarks. On the iPad these little details require a tiny bit of attention and time. Somehow it just didn't work for me. All the little details built up too much friction.
Aug
27
comment Suggestions for a Mountain Witch follow-up?
Wow, this report is awesome.
Aug
27
comment What defines the “old school renaissance”?
Well, at the time there was Dungeon and Dragon magazine. The barrier to entry seemed incredibly high. Even Kobold Quarterly had wonderful art. But Fight On! Magazine had stuff that seemed doable. It had maps that I could have done. I felt that this magazine was made by people like me. Ordinary folks.
Aug
27
comment Are there any good tabletop RPGs for young beginning players?
I felt picking abilities was a tricky thing since I would have to read them to the kids and have them make choices.
Aug
27
comment Penalties for being drunk?
I just hand out sickened or fatigued conditions.
Aug
27
comment Where can I find other RPG players?
Nearby Gamers also has a nice tag system in place.
Aug
27
comment Where can I find other RPG players?
My only problem with meetup.com is the cost associated with running a group. :(
Aug
27
comment What tools are useful to organize a GM's campaign notes?
I find that a wikimcan work if he players find their XP in the (very short) session reports. If the players don't put in more effort, then that's the only kind of age they'll find on the wiki.
Aug
27
comment How to handle a rules-lawyer player?
Ouch, that seems to be a social disaster at the table in the making. How did the player react? I think I'd tske offense at being thusly schooled at a gaming table. Maybe back when we were all 15 or 16 years old. But now?
Aug
26
comment Do your players make maps while exploring the unknown of your game's world?
I guess I find the joy mapping and mistakes bring outweigh the realism aspect. The game doesn't simulate reality too well, but it's fun (for me). Maybe i should make the decision part of the next campaign setup...
Aug
26
comment Do your players make maps while exploring the unknown of your game's world?
Errors just creep in as I copy stuff carelessly. Don't count squares, don't count hexes, don't try to get all the proportions and angles right and you'll get a map full of mistakes. Works every time! :)
Aug
20
comment How to Handle a Powergamer / Munchkin
I've had encounters with nightmare-riding rangers hating humans shooting human bane arrows at the power-gamer and the rest fighting off dire boars. That's when I realized we needed to talk, and we did, and it was no problem in that he agreed to tone it down for the next campaign.
Aug
20
comment Choosing between Tales From the Floating Vagabond and Paranoia for a “one-shot.”
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