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I live in Lymington, Hampshire, and work in the Law Courts, which may have made my English slightly pedantic. I realize that Americans and other ex-colonials labour under a disadvantage, and regard it as an holy duty to assist them in speaking (and thinking) clearly.


Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
30
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
21
comment Making a melee called shot on a hand that's wielding a weapon
"I know something you don't: I'm not left-handed."
Sep
21
comment Purchasing a Bar
@xenoterracide: A bar that you just treat as a source of income and nothing else very soon ceases to be profitable (ask any bar owner). I would say "It's barely breaking even at the moment and will stay that way till you put some Resources or other effort in"; but YMMV. Regardless, letting the players decide "We got a valuable bonus and don't have to pay for it" is just bad DMing: they should find out in play just what the real cost was.
Sep
18
comment Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?
@Ellesedil; That wouldn't address the problem, as stated in the question. Even if the GM can finetune "disregard everything he knows but NPC doesn't" to the point where this NPC is right as often as a PC (incredibly difficult), the players are still asking advice of the GM, which is a bad position.
Sep
10
revised How can I stop playing to win?
tidied up and improved English
Sep
10
suggested suggested edit on How can I stop playing to win?
Sep
10
comment Is it appropriate to tell players the expected outcome of a throw?
Valuable discussion here. Short version: Fudging is not a problem in itself, but indicates a problem elsewhere.
Sep
10
awarded  Yearling
Aug
13
revised Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?
'populous' as noun is a common error
Aug
13
suggested suggested edit on Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?
Aug
8
comment A fellow player does not want me to roleplay, what do I do?
The problem is that OP specifically does not want to mention OOC actions (presumably for immersion reasons), while the other player does want him to.
Jul
26
comment How do you make an encounter actually match its CR level?
+2 for 'environmental factors' (that improves realism as well as being a good solution), but -1 for the last two paragraphs, which OP specifically says he doesn't want. Still a +1.
Jul
17
comment How do you make hacking useful without excluding other players?
Listening to someone spin a story out of your dice rolls may (or may not) be fun, but it's not really an RPG.
Jul
11
revised How to kill a character without making their player too angry
tidied up and improved English
Jul
11
suggested suggested edit on How to kill a character without making their player too angry
Jun
27
comment What exactly is the goal of a Rogue Trader Game?
Um, what is the goal of RL? If it's not the same for every person, why would game goals be the same for every character?
May
14
awarded  Civic Duty
May
6
comment How do you deal with a DM who says “no” to everything?
'if the target was important to the plot' - that could be the problem. Some DMs auto-fail anything the players try if it would interfere with the scene the DM is setting up. That is writing a story, not running a game.