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Mar
18
comment As a GM, how can avoid pitfalls common to Generic Point Build Systems?
@TimothyAWiseman I haven't even heard of it before, but I hope it's something like this
Mar
12
comment Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?
Speaking as a programmer, for something that can be achieved, I'd look to expanding mad libs into multiple scenarios that can be mix'n'matched similar to what @11684's original comment said. This would mostly require creativity in creating those base scenarios, without too much difficulty to program (depending on how involved they are)
Mar
12
comment Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?
@NeilSlater Those only work in extremely restricted domains, and cannot currently be applied to something as broad as what a DM does. For that you'd need to approach true AI, something we're still decades (at least) from achieving.
Feb
24
comment Turning a Campaign Evil Leads To “Problems”
Slow corruption might work very well. We had the reverse of the OP, where one party member got slowly corrupted instead of all but one - by the end, she had turned into the final boss. We were all fine with that.
Feb
19
comment Helping a player who states “I have very little imagination” enjoy the game more?
I remember when almost our entire group was like your second bullet point - we were too used to video games, and had to take cues from the more experienced players for a good couple months.
Dec
20
comment Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?
Also, I'm sure I've heard That's so stupid it just might work! in tv/movies before.
Dec
13
comment Should players be allowed to act outside their characters' boundaries when it suits them?
I see the hints of a temptation subplot... Come over to the Dark side - we have stats!
Oct
31
comment Using Intimidate and/or Diplomacy to kill enemies
Darn, with the title (and Halloween) I thought this was about directly scaring someone to death.
Oct
1
comment No Meat-Shield Dilemma
Players are nothing if not infinitely creative. - Which constantly annoyed our GM. I think players who haven't played before tend to do stranger things, since they haven't settled in on their style yet. We tended to solve problems thrown at us in ways he didn't expect at all.
Jul
22
comment Can a PC cast a Floor of force?
@AceCalhoon In that case, can't you use the 10-foot square top surface as "floor", contradicting ColinD's answer?
Jul
22
comment Can a PC cast a Floor of force?
Taking up the whole 10-foot square and being "flat" seems contradictory to me...
Jan
10
comment When GMing in a high-tech game world how do you handle potentially disruptive tech?
+1 for terrorist. It doesn't even need to be that bad - just illegal, possibly due to strong corporations. For example, the Cap'n Crunch whistle that accidentally made the exact right tone to give free long-distance and international calling.
Dec
27
comment Tips on playing a character whose goals run contrary to his outward actions (to the other PCs)
@JacobProffitt Added a note, but no, I don't imagine players being entirely ignorant
Dec
25
comment How would I quickly put together a believable map of an area?
Don't even bother digging into their sites for the street map, if it's difficult to find. Check them out on Google Maps ;)
Mar
9
comment “Punishing” characters for stupid actions
For that one specific example, you could've standardized the theft of the sword somehow - say, a 20% chance of it being stolen each hour he was unconscious. Then the theft isn't your fault, and still acts as punishment if it happens.