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Lapsed Catholic. Luddite Geek. Shy Chatterbox. A mass of contradictions wrapped in an open enigma.

Some days, I really regret making http://stackoverflow.com/a/3638034/14250 a comm. wiki question. Then I get back to helping people solve problems rather than trying to help myself score rep. (Man, but 370 upvotes. Three. Hundred. And. Seventy.)


Dec
13
comment When should I fudge dice rolls?
"I've set up the end of the world based on a dice roll, and now am slightly concerned about that." The problem is not in your stars, but in yourself.
Jul
3
comment One-off simple game with little to no character creation?
@evilcandybag Sure, but you normally have 2 key players in any turn, maybe three at a push. The others can contribute with ideas, but quieter players can also end up sidelined and checking their phones. I agree that this is easy to mitigate and often doesn't happen, but it's something to be aware of.
Jul
3
comment One-off simple game with little to no character creation?
The major issue here is the downtime during scenes for the other players.
Jun
10
comment Any problems playing a dragon PC in a 1st level party?
+1 for the last paragraph. Really important point that's easy to miss when designing a cool character.
May
5
comment Is it common to wear costumes when (tabletop) roleplaying?
I think there's another reason costumes are useful in a Televised game: Makes it easier to remember what role each character is playing. Also, without that, what you have is often 5 people sittin' round a table rolling polyhedrons. That seems more like something appropriate for radio.
Apr
2
comment How can I replace a player character with an impostor without alerting the group?
Best advice, but doesn't really answer the q.
Apr
2
comment How can I replace a player character with an impostor without alerting the group?
+1: This is the best answer for the question that's being asked.
Mar
26
comment What to buy to start out 4e D&D (DM and PC) (Complete Noob, no previous experience)
@SevenSidedDie I only see one question posted above.
Mar
5
comment Balancing players' rolls, not characters
I suspect that this might be why you're noticing the misses more. If nothing else, you'll be rolling far less dice than the GM.
Mar
1
comment Troglodytes, kobolds, and dragons, living together
+1: With enough plot magic, you can even overcome the "strict" non-cooperation rules: giantitp.com/comics/oots0632.html
Feb
26
comment How to deal with players who like to use the local authorities to solve their problems
-1: This is more of an extended comment, it just agrees with the question's premise without proposing a solution.
Feb
24
comment How do I kidnap my characters without bending the rules?
How tough's the party?
Feb
24
comment How do I kidnap my characters without bending the rules?
I don't think you necessarily need to bribe them (although I'm interested in your plot token idea, and would like to hear more on chat)
Feb
24
comment How do I kidnap my characters without bending the rules?
"they might also represent the law-of-the-land which, when you escape from, you become a villain, so you have to resolve this without violence"... Yeah, there's an inherent flaw in assumptions here which you might want to consider.
Feb
24
comment How do I kidnap my characters without bending the rules?
+1: Brian's answer is good because it highlights an essential issue with the entire concept. This actually gives examples of where that concept is made to work.
Feb
24
comment How do I kidnap my characters without bending the rules?
"before inevitably end up kidnapped, at least it feels like it was a fair fight and they tried something": How can it possibly feel like a fair fight if they'll inevitably lose? That's the definition of an unfair fight. It would at best feel like necessary railroading, and at worst feel like a godawful grind to try and escape, unless they realise that they can't possibly win. (Actually, at worst they come up with a convincing way to escape, and you have to resort to "rocks fall, everyone is captured") Second idea is much better.
Feb
21
comment Intimidation in D&D 4e - What can it be used for and what are the consequences for doing so?
Is it me, or is +17 a lot? I mean, that is one scary halfling...
Nov
19
comment How common is Detect Evil in the Forgotten Realms? Roleplaying VS Game Mechanic
+1 for acknowledgement that "Detect Evil" is not the core problem here.
Mar
10
comment “Punishing” characters for stupid actions
+1: For the end point. I assumed jerk, whereas you're considering it may be something local to the campaign setting.