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Aug
5
comment What are the main differences between Call of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu?
Thanks for the interview link! Could you also summarize the mechanical differences? For instance: Which game is more rules-heavy? What are the main differences in character stats between the two systems?
Aug
1
comment What are the consequences of letting players be characters from a work of fiction?
Coincidentally, I just remembered an episode of the X-Files where Mulder actually does start acting out of character—because he switches bodies with somebody else. That episode if anything will give me some idea of how people would react to an out-of-character Mulder. :) x-files.wikia.com/wiki/Dreamland
Jul
30
comment How do I explain the concept of “staying in character” to a newly starting player?
@Pulsehead - You wear shoes for gloves?
Jul
30
comment What are the consequences of letting players be characters from a work of fiction?
Do you have any advice on what to do if the players frequently act "out of character," doing things that the actual characters in the book/movie would not do?
Jul
29
comment As a GM, how does one deal with all of the players playing nearly identical characters?
Finally, if you are worried about verisimilitude, try to think of ways to transition the NPC naturally into the storyline. For example, if the PCs' employer is wealthy (which is often the case), it's only natural that he would hire the kind of people who can ensure a successful mission. This is not "deus ex machina" because, as described above, it is the responsibility of the gunslinger PCs to protect any NPCs who come along.
Jul
29
comment As a GM, how does one deal with all of the players playing nearly identical characters?
You seem to put a lot of meaning into the phrase "toss in". Even if the players themselves instigate a search for a suitable NPC, surely you agree that it's the GM who puts him there. Further, your approach seems to emphasize this search for an NPC that could take a session or more. Unless this search is made into an exciting adventure in itself, many players will feel that they are simply treading water or that the GM is just punishing them for making the "wrong" decisions at character creation.
Jul
24
comment How do I select background music for my RPG campaign?
That's quite a list! Do you have any specific recommendations on your own that would make it easier to sort through?
Jul
18
comment How many people does it take to steal a Star Destroyer?
This was in fact a stunt pulled by Niles Ferrier on a Corellian battleship, as mentioned in Dark Force Rising.