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Oct
8
comment How to Reconcile the MERP/RM High-Magic System with the Low-Magic Middle Earth Setting?
The ram failed to break the gates until that point. Sure, we can not know for sure what Tolkien intended by those words. I am unaware of any of his writing that specifically defined his magic. Certainly Gandalf, Galadriel, Aragorn, and quiet a few other of the case use supernatural abilities. Whether you define those as "spells" or not is really up to you.
Oct
8
comment How to Reconcile the MERP/RM High-Magic System with the Low-Magic Middle Earth Setting?
You never see (read about) anyone doing classic spell-casting... Not quiet true. The Witch King of Angmar casts at least one spell at the Gate of Minas Tirith. His title even suggests that he was a magic user in the past. Quote from Tolkien: "Then the Black Captain rose in his stirrups and cried aloud in a dreadful voice, speaking in some forgotten tongue words of power and terror to rend both heart and stone." -- Return Of The King, the Siege of Gondor.
Oct
8
comment How to Reconcile the MERP/RM High-Magic System with the Low-Magic Middle Earth Setting?
+1. I particularly like you last point of supernatural abilities instead of spells. It pretty much echoes my own views.
Oct
7
comment How can I break world building down into something manageable?
YAGNI seems to apply here as well...
Oct
2
comment How to create a dungeon based on a realistic tomb, but still enjoyable to explore?
The Paris catacombs were never designed as a necropolis. They were stones mines that were re-purposed as dumping ground for overflowing graveyards.
Sep
25
comment How can I Help a New GM Get Started?
I, for one, think this is a good answer because it does answer the How can I Help a New GM Get Started? which is the main topic in my not so humble opinion. It addresses why a different system would be better which is a valid criticism of Channgling. Although, a little more why Channgling is a bad idea could potentially improve the answer.
Sep
25
comment How do I deal with players that do not put much effort on character background?
While I voted to put on hold, please do edit and refocus the question and maybe split it into several because there's a lot of potential there!!!
Sep
25
comment How can I Help a New GM Get Started?
Are you interested in a system specific answer (thus the tag) or would you open to a system agnostic answer? The fact that you used the tag seems to point to the former but that means I would not be able to answer it... :(
Sep
19
comment How can i change the outcome of history-charged events in ASoIaF RPG?
@SevenSidedDie: I answered the question when it was opened... It got closed afterwards.
Sep
18
comment How can i change the outcome of history-charged events in ASoIaF RPG?
I am going against the flow here and think that the question could be answered adequately. My answer is very generic but I could see a better answer by a scholar of ASoIaF.
Sep
9
comment Awarding Experience in RoleMaster
+1 for references on what I seemed to remember. And yeah, I did the same thing as yourself: XP for story goals. Another way to deal with this is to have the player do their own book keeping but who has time?
Sep
9
comment Hacking the Muse (Why interrogate the transhuman if Muse knows it all?)
I do like your example!
Sep
9
comment Hacking the Muse (Why interrogate the transhuman if Muse knows it all?)
How much can you learn about a person's digital footprint now a days? How trustworthy is it? Can you think of ways to use misinformation on would be captors?...
Sep
5
comment How do I manage to handle many villian organizations on an already NPC filled game?
I guess that the down votes are due to the question reading like "please write the game for me". I think there is a good question in there (maybe several) but as it stands, it's not a really good fit.
Sep
5
comment How do I manage to handle many villian organizations on an already NPC filled game?
A plea to downvoters: Please leave a reason why so Aldath Le'Carde can improve the question.
Sep
3
comment How to add challenge to a RPG-like experience for a three year old
Welcome to the site. Do have a read of Good Subjective, Bad Subjective which explains the down votes.
Aug
20
comment Techniques for fast paced storytelling
The budget analogy is very good indeed! I would add that the GM can let the player describe his encounter during $fluff. The GM is then free to use whatever the player made up as part of his world thus making the world richer. Good players might surprise you and come up with really interesting content.
Aug
8
comment Increase power of or control over accidentally discovered abilities?
That does make it clearer. Thanks. I would upvote you again, but I already did that... ^_~
Aug
8
comment Increase power of or control over accidentally discovered abilities?
Some of your factors could be collapsed together, or maybe I need a little more information to differentiate between them. For example, accuracy, finesse, and manipulation all sound synonymous to me.
Aug
7
comment Increase power of or control over accidentally discovered abilities?
I would think of control akin to an inverse variance (small variance is lots of control) in a normal distribution. The power, I view as an amplitude. Hum, this kinda works in my own head but seems unclear....