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I've been playing tabletop RPGs since the early '80s, mostly as a GM. Currently I'm running a Twilight: 2013 campaign and playing in a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire campaign.

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comment What is the term for a mean character role-played by a nice player?
I've heard "stretch" a few times, usually voiced as, "That character is a real stretch for him, but he's playing him well."
May
31
comment Preventing saturation in a horror campaign
Excellent answer. I love this bit: "Avoid quantifying opponents and environment when feasible as this allows players to intellectualize their odds of success, taking emotion out of the equation."
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revised Preventing saturation in a horror campaign
Eluded -> Alluded
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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment Filling in holes in published adventures?
+1 for "Don't be afraid to change anything your players don't know."
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revised Filling in holes in published adventures?
changed "just write down" to "just surreptitiously write down"
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answered Filling in holes in published adventures?
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added 83 characters in body
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May
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accepted Does an Apocalypse World Campaign Really Work with Just 2 Players and an MC?
May
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comment Does an Apocalypse World Campaign Really Work with Just 2 Players and an MC?
Thanks for the comments as well as the answers, everyone. Very helpful.
May
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May
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comment Does an Apocalypse World Campaign Really Work with Just 2 Players and an MC?
Thanks for the answer, @ilotum. I'm seeing now that were two issues at work in the game I ran: concern about creating a situation in which the PCs (and by extension the players) are essentially competing against each other, and my difficulty in internalizing the use of MC moves. Were you running with two players?
May
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comment Does an Apocalypse World Campaign Really Work with Just 2 Players and an MC?
This is what flipped the switch for me: "I put all the major NPCs in between the two characters." You also pointed out that the PCs both need the community so they can survive, which makes it reasonable to expect that they'd put up with a lot of conflict in order to keep the community going. I felt this big chunk of obtuse matter in my brain that was getting in the way of really internalizing how the PC-PC and PC-NPC interaction should work. This answer really helps.
May
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comment Does an Apocalypse World Campaign Really Work with Just 2 Players and an MC?
First-hand MC experience running this sort of game would be most helpful. While I understand the concept of keeping the PCs in conflict, I'm still grappling with how to make it work in practice.
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comment Does an Apocalypse World Campaign Really Work with Just 2 Players and an MC?
Although I did introduce conflict between the player characters, I was concerned about pushing it too far. Somehow it just feels that with only two player characters the relationship dynamics would become too simplified to be rewarding. In the game @SevenSidedDie played that doesn't appear to have happened, so it looks like I need to rethink how I manage NPCs.