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Gamer on-and-off for thirty-two years. Left the game for a while, but the game never left me.


Mar
24
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
19
answered How does wandering within a city work?
Nov
8
comment What diceless tabletop RPG techniques are there?
Primetime Adventures uses cards, but it uses them in a way that is indistinguishable from a dice pool resolution mechanic. In particular, you don't hold cards for any duration and play them at strategic points, you just draw them, look at the color, and tally the red ones. Since you then replace them into the deck and reshuffle, that gives you exactly the same odds as rolling the same number of d6es and counting any 4-6 result as a success. So it doesn't really offer a different gaming experience, in the end.
Nov
2
answered Rules for increasing ability scores in Basic D&D?
Nov
1
comment Should I show the health of enemies?
I would make an exception for AC, though, as the players will find it out soon enough. The exchange is typically: Player 1: I roll 15. DM: You miss. Player 2: I roll 16. DM: You hit it. Knowing enemy AC may not help immersion, but it quickly becomes like turning a page in a book: if you're already immersed, it's almost unnoticeable.
Sep
15
awarded  Yearling
Aug
13
awarded  Editor
Aug
13
revised How can I as GM handle situations where players bicker about tactics?
Brief addendum
Aug
13
answered How can I as GM handle situations where players bicker about tactics?
Jun
26
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
25
answered Is it okay to take power/actions away from PCs to add drama?
Jun
18
comment Can skill points be used to buy arbitrary wises?
@SevenSidedDie BW says not to hack the system, but I've never seen any compelling reasons why not. One of the three things that turned me off to the game was the arrogance and Special Snowflake attitude that Luke displayed in the game, notably the "You're Roleplaying Bad!" screaming imp decoration. Is there any actual evidence that the rules interlock so perfectly that changing them would disrupt game balance, or is this just one of those things people say?
Dec
6
answered What simplified house rule grappling systems exist for AD&D 2nd edition?
Sep
15
awarded  Yearling
Aug
24
answered One-sentence NPCs
Apr
17
awarded  Supporter
Apr
13
comment Does anyone know of specific types of room lists for different kinds of (fantasy) buildings?
I'm actually confident in my abilities to draw up a map. I'm just that bad at knowing what goes on in them, especially if I'm using my own temples and my own made-up deities. I've seen and used Greek temples, Aztec ziggurats, and English castles as guides. Perhaps temples aren't the best example, either. I'm looking for lists of rooms--the layout doesn't matter, I can do that--that serve certain functions, which then coalesce into a practical structure. Which I will then turn into an "unrealistic dungeon filled with monsters that just wait for the PCs to come and kill them."
Apr
13
awarded  Nice Question