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A SQL Server DBA that dabbles in Python, Linux, and math. On the rare occassions I have time, I play Go.


Sep
23
revised How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?
fixed grammar
Sep
23
comment How to GM and Play a Character fairly
I started to write an answer, but realized it was coming out almost identical to one I wrote for: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/44753/… Do the answers to that question resolve your issue? If none of the answers there answer your question, could you clarify a bit more on how this situation is different?
Sep
18
comment Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?
@Falco I agree with Flamma, but even if he is a guide that knows the terrain, way, and enemies does not mean he knows strategy or tactics. It is possible to have someone know all of those things but only really be able to give the PCs information (which may not always be right) and not able to give them good advice.
Sep
18
comment what breaks using nWoD rules with classic WoD cosmology?
This is really a side note, but I have always had trouble incorporating mages into a game with vampires and werewolves. Vampires and werewolves play relatively well together, but mages break a lot of assumptions, especially after some experience has been built up.
Sep
16
comment How Can I Play A Fighter Dual-Wielding Shields In DnD 4e
@MatthewNajmon Thanks, that is interesting.
Sep
15
comment How can I get my group to use actual weaponry, not just improvised?
@Ben I have not played this particular game, but in real life they experimented with pistols attached to knives and swords in the Renaissance and we still have things like bayonets that make rifles somewhat effective as melee weapons. But such combos tend to be rather lackluster in at least one of their functions and some of the early attempts were lackluster in both functions.
Sep
12
comment How to handle wealthy player characters as a GM?
@Lohoris I largely agree. But given a system that was not designed to realistically simulate economics, I think using inflation due to the advantages of magic as a rationale for why peasants have a lot of gold makes sense. Still, I see where you are coming from.
Sep
11
comment How to handle wealthy player characters as a GM?
@Lohoris Could you expand on those comments? Handwaving is how most games handle it and unless you want realistic economics to be a major part of your game, it seems to work. The Inflation seems to me what would really happen if gold were more easily extracted and resources more easily acquired due to the existence of functional magic. I'd be interested if you could explain why you don't like handwaving or why inflation is not both realistic and able to resolve at least a large portion of the issue.
Sep
10
comment Is it appropriate to tell players the expected outcome of a throw?
I think "fudging" is a very bad idea. If a certain is necessary for the plot, don't roll and just declare the results.
Sep
5
comment Is a Staff with Finesse balanced?
Personally, I would think that a fighter, while having lots of training will generally have the wrong type of training. Flavor wise, that style seems to fit better with Monks or just possibly rogues.
Aug
31
reviewed Leave Open How can I assassinate someone and make it look like an accident?
Aug
26
answered Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?
Aug
18
comment How to deal with a character that does not fit my plot?
I go further. In most games I gm, the players have an express guaruntee that their PC will not be killed without their consent (and then heroicly). Of course, other horrible things can and will happen, but they will be able to play that PC until they chose to stop or the game breaks up.
Aug
15
answered How can a GM give treasure to DnD players who overcome challenges without combat?
Aug
13
reviewed Leave Closed How different is D&D since it first came out?
Aug
13
awarded  Custodian
Aug
13
reviewed Reopen How would you handle a D&D 4e Total Party Kill without killing them?
Aug
13
comment How should a GM deal with players that want to be “too cool”?
@JoãoMendes I agree with you. The GM is totally entitled to have fun as well. My point was never to tell the GM to suppress their own desires, but that to the extent it is not disrupting anyone else's fun (including the GM's) it may be best to let him enjoy it. And the GM should know that if they shut down someone's play style, that they will be disrupting that other person's fun.
Aug
12
answered How should a GM deal with players that want to be “too cool”?
Aug
8
comment How far ahead do you plan?
I agree with everything but the very first sentence. I plan out quite far ahead, but only in terms of general concepts, NPCs that will appear, and maybe unique items or interesting locations. In terms of fine details, I plan them out as I go.