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I'm a PhD student in biomathematics, working on stochastic individual-based models of evolution in spatially structured populations. My other interests include cryptography, programming games and puzzles, photography and graphic design.


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revised Is Roll-For-Shoes a good system to practice DM skills?
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answered Is Roll-For-Shoes a good system to practice DM skills?
May
22
awarded  Nice Answer
May
22
revised How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?
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May
22
revised How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?
added 440 characters in body
May
22
revised How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?
added 206 characters in body
May
22
answered How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?
May
19
answered Dealing with a Diva Player
May
13
revised How many dice does the GM roll?
added 505 characters in body
May
13
revised How many dice does the GM roll?
added 505 characters in body
May
13
answered How many dice does the GM roll?
May
12
comment How can I use roll for shoes to introduce someone to roleplaying?
+1 for "start in the players' world." All my most successful RFS games have involved a setting that the players are already at least a little bit familiar with, enough so that they have some pre-existing ideas about how their characters might behave in the situation they find themselves in. Combined with the minimal (one might almost say nonexistent) chargen in RFS, that lets you start in media res and skip any awkward setup and orientation steps.
May
8
comment How can you create one PC that is more than one “person”?
+1 for "flat-out play two characters". The main issue with that option is making sure you don't hog more "screen time" than the other players. Giving the two characters complementary abilities, so that, in most situations, only one of them has anything significant to do, helps a lot there. The rest pretty much comes down to self-control and awareness of the issue.
May
6
comment What are the limitations of Gloves of Missile Snaring?
Moral of the story: don't give your players items that don't make sense to you.
Apr
28
comment Should I warn my players when they're about to do something stupid?
@Tritium21: The last paragraph does answer the question. In fact, it (IMO) even answers it quite well, despite using much fewer words than some of the other answers. The only minor tweak I'd like to see would be an explicit note that player forgetfulness is just one of the ways in which players can end up with incomplete knowledge; for example, if the DM forgot to tell the player how dangerous the Tarrasque is, even though their character should've heard about it, that's also an (even better) reason to warn them before they try to punch it on the nose.
Apr
27
comment Is there a way to completely eliminate the penalties for Two-Weapon Fighting?
@HeyICanChan: I assume Dorian was referring to the fact that transcribing material not published under the OGL (or the GNU FDL) into the wiki may count as a copyright violation, if not done with the original publisher's permission (which I assume, in this case, they don't have). The Tempest page, in particular, seems to be a blatant copy-paste from Complete Adventurer.
Apr
27
comment Is there a way to completely eliminate the penalties for Two-Weapon Fighting?
+1 just because this suggestion made me laugh. It's not often that you see a question for which "grow yourself a second head" is a valid answer. :)
Apr
10
answered How can I get better land speed with a warforged?
Apr
8
comment How to build a flexible and scalable system for PCs' NPC organizations?
I have to agree with SSD here -- the question just feels too broad to me. To quote our help center, "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." I can easily imagine a book about managing NPC organizations in an RPG; heck, you've listed several such books in your question. Thus, too broad.
Apr
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awarded  Caucus