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comment When should I make my players actually roll for stuff?
+1. Rolls are only a thing to be avoided if failing them results in the game grinding to an unsatisfying halt, or if there is no meaningful difference between success and failure. In all other circumstances, they're exciting.
15h
comment Where does a dragon steed get summoned from, and where is its hoard kept?
@ZanLynx If I recall correctly, the 2e draconomicon answered that exact question by describing dragon law as being largely extrapolated from "your right to throw a punch ends where my nose begins."
19h
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
I thought SR3 used more dice than SR4 - I guess I've gotten confused. Which was the anniversary edition based on, again?
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comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
Ars Magica has a very strong focus on researching and improvising new spells, and the mechanics of doing so can definitely get complicated. +1.
1d
comment How much do I tell new players about new monsters?
+1 "What the character knows" is the key here. If you decide that goblins are common in your world, it'd be weird if players didn't know about them - but if your world had humans as its only intelligent race until the Day of Rifts came, those hideous malformed creatures could be anything...
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comment How can you deal with players asking the wrong questions?
@SteveJessop Hmm. I don't really state it as an absolute, though - I mention four approaches to running a game, and state that the bolded phrase is true for three of them. Should I this in my answer, somehow?
2d
comment How do I GM a character immeasurably more intelligent than myself?
@Bankuei You can fake perfection for very short periods of time - steering the conversation away from topics that would reveal flaws in your portrayal and so on - but it's a real tightrope walk; Any slip-up could ruin it.
2d
comment How do I GM a character immeasurably more intelligent than myself?
@SevenSidedDie That's a very appropriate metaphor, really - The mind of God is supposed to be so complex as to be incomprehensible and ungraspable for us mere mortals, so everyone who touches it having a different-but-correct-in-context interpretation makes a lot of sense.
2d
answered How do I use God as an NPC while being sensitive to players' real-life religious beliefs?
2d
comment How do I use God as an NPC while being sensitive to players' real-life religious beliefs?
@Nagora Even within Christianity, interpretations of God's character differ greatly from sect to sect and from individual to individual.
Dec
11
comment What kind of SF horror does Eclipse Phase lend itself to?
@BESW Ah! I think I see what you're getting at. If I think about this as a system-recommendation question with highly-specific requirements ("Must be Eclipse Phase" and "Must have support for clearly-definable horror genres") then it seems like it should be on-topic.
Dec
11
comment What kind of SF horror does Eclipse Phase lend itself to?
Fair enough. I do feel a need to question this, though. Eclipse Phase is explicitly designed for horror - it says so on the core book's cover. Don't we usually frown on questions that amount to "Read and summarise this for me," and close them as Too Broad?
Dec
10
comment Acquiring non-class skills for which untrained checks aren't allowed after character creation
Having half a rank in a skill qualifies you as trained in that skill.
Dec
10
comment What kind of SF horror does Eclipse Phase lend itself to?
This question explicitly calls out that it involved no research.
Dec
10
comment What kind of SF horror does Eclipse Phase lend itself to?
Changing bodies that frequently would be pretty tough on the psyche and take a fair while, so you wouldn't have anything else on your schedule that day.
Dec
8
comment Do wizards really have to prepare spells multiple times to cast them multiple times?
@RobertF Instead of guns and bullets, maybe make the spells coloured lenses and the spell slots different intensity beams of light: In 5e, spellcasters use lasers.
Dec
8
comment Dealing with difficult male players, when you're a new female player?
@mikeagg To be fair, the DM might not know the sexist player is sexist; Sexism is often invisible to those who aren't directly affected by it; because they're not around when it happens, because they lack the context to recognise it for what it is, because it's infrequent enough that they they just don't notice... But assuming he does notice and lets it continue, you're right: He might not someone you want to be friends with.
Dec
8
comment Ways to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell
It occurs to me that just persuading the target to say whether or not they know the spell could work - As could all standard means of extracting information from an unwilling NPC, such as zone of truth and so on.
Dec
8
comment Is there any way to remove/nullify an antimagic field without disjunction?
Drat, that puts paid to my "Sit back with a good book" answer, then. Would you be open to answers that require the possession of particular artefacts?
Dec
8
reviewed Leave Open Geographic Information Systems for game world mapping