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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.


Dec
21
comment Realism of Poisoned Weapons
I didn't mention spiders because, besides the difficulty of harvesting, "Spider venom comes in many forms.It can often take a long while to discover the full effects of the bite. Naturalists have pondered this for years; there are even spiders whose bite can cause the place bitten to rot and drop off, sometimes more than a year after it was bitten. As to why spiders do this, the answer is simple. It's because spiders think this is funny, and they don't want you ever to forget them." Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys.
Dec
21
answered Realism of Poisoned Weapons
Dec
20
comment Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?
I never knew that no other system uses intelligence checks.
Dec
13
comment When should I fudge dice rolls?
Your first paragraph is right, but should be 'if it were an interesting complication'; that is not the situation OP is in. And the second paragraph is also right -for an experienced GM. A newbie may not realize the implications when designing an encounter, and end up with the party facing certain death through no fault of their own -unless the dice are kind.
Dec
13
comment Does Light create a point source light or does it make the whole target glow?
Would earth, luminous or otherwise, actually stick to a character? My characters prefer flour.
Dec
6
revised Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions?
tidied up and improved English
Dec
6
suggested suggested edit on Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions?
Nov
27
comment How to handle a rules-lawyer player?
I'm not sure I agree that rolling dice breaks immersion; depends how it's done. But I meant during the session; other players waiting during the discussion is bad no matter what conclusion you reach. And announcing at the start of next session that you are playing rule X differently from now on is much better than changing mid-game.
Nov
23
revised How to handle a rules-lawyer player?
Tidied uP (hostility should be reduced, not spread)
Nov
23
suggested suggested edit on How to handle a rules-lawyer player?
Nov
23
comment How to handle a rules-lawyer player?
Absolutely talk to him outside the game; it's not "possible he thinks he's doing things right", it's quite certain. It may even be that after a talk, you think he was right. But not at the table; if you allow yourself to be overruled, then (beside the break in immersion) at best the other players don't know whether to ask "can I do my Spinning Death Attack or not?" of you or the rules-lawyer, and at worst you have lost control of the story, and have to get his (or the book's) permission to do anything new. Rule 0 is not there just to bolster the DMs ego.
Nov
18
comment How to improvise
+1 for 'ask the players'. It astonishes me that so few GMs are prepared to ask for feedback after a session.
Nov
10
awarded  Revival
Nov
10
answered What's nature like in the Salish-Shidhe territories?
Nov
1
comment Contacts, and how to use them?
Like a lot of NPCs, Contacts start as a short list of skills and (may, with work from player and GM) develop into somebody the players care about, for good or ill. PCs too, come to think of it.
Oct
29
comment How do you get a DM to stop targeting you?
"Don't ever start believing it's your fault" is not good advice at the best of times, particularly when we've only heard one side of the story. And the rest of your answer seems to recognize that: if the rest of the group wants you out because of the way you treated them when you were GM, it probably is your fault, at least partly.
Oct
23
answered Why is the GM usually the driving force in RPG?
Oct
18
revised How do I handle moving to someone's back and attacking in GURPS?
tidied up and improved English
Oct
18
suggested suggested edit on How do I handle moving to someone's back and attacking in GURPS?
Oct
17
comment Cost of 1 cargo provision in 7th sea
Still a flaw somewhere; 600g vs 630g? (would fix, but my rulebooks are in storage).