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Jul
28
comment Looking for RPGs without character-classes
@Ferox It's a good start, but it's still a very broad question. I can easily think of several answers that fit thebill (Ars Magica, Dresden Files, and others) none of which will be the correct one, which doesn't really fit in well with Stack Exchange's "concrete answers to concrete questions" goal.
Jul
28
comment Looking for RPGs without character-classes
@Ferox We've put your question temporarily on hold until we can focus it better. It's not punishment, just a temporary hold until we can make sure the question generates good, relevant answers.
Jul
16
comment Number of GURPS 4th Edition Source Books
Forums posts like this suggest that the differences between the 3rd and 4th editions aren't huge (like D&D 3.0 vs. 3.5), so it's possible SJG didn't want to waste time and money reprinting nearly identical books.
Jul
16
comment Why does the Folk Hero get a shovel?
Shovels are useful. You can dig a trench. You can clear ground for a sleeping bag. You can cook on it.
Jul
9
comment Can I wish to never auto-miss on a natural 1?
Again, the concept of hit points or damage dice are an out-of-universe model we use to describe the varied vagaries of combat. For someone to be able to classify his own reality the way would require a huge leap of logic and willingness to accept that things are radically different than they seem - which is what my last paragraph is about.
Jul
9
comment Can I wish to never auto-miss on a natural 1?
But you'll have to make the entirely out-of-play decision to group these exact events as a miss, as opposed to (say) rolling 1 on the damage die, which is a hit, but with almost the same in-world effect as a miss.
Jul
8
comment Can I wish to never auto-miss on a natural 1?
The basic assumption in most games is that this pattern exists in the mechanics, not the story. We might bundle a bunch of stuff under "miss", but for the wizard, you have fizzles, and misses, and it-hit-but-the-guy-shook-it-off, and any number of distinctly different scenarios.
Jul
7
comment What are the stand-out features of D&D 5e?
Could you elaborate on some of these points to give them more practical weight? For instance, what does "focusing the game around 3 pillars, Exploration, Social, and Combat" actually mean in practice? How does the Inspiration mechanic encourage those three?
Jun
23
comment How much XP do monsters or NPCs have for spending on spells and item creation?
@Pro756 There's a difference between saying "You can just decide it" and saying "You should just decide it". The first is, as you say, a given. The second is a real answer.
Jun
15
comment At what level should you start players joining an ongoing game?
A big, fat +1 for running a side-campaign with 1st level characters. It's a fantastic idea to get the player into the game, especially since everyone knows his character is a keeper and the veteran players' characters are one-off, giving him some nice spotlight time. It also helps make the world richer.
Jun
14
comment Why is a Blaster Rifle worth more than a Blaster Carbine?
Are any of these (admittedly interesting) facts specifically relevant to the d20-based Star Wars: Saga Edition game?
May
23
comment How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?
I don't have a PF answer, but a player in my Ars Magica party once managed to squeeze in an invisible flying, air-breathing, water-spouting dolphin with a higher INT score than most of the PCs.
May
17
comment Good sources for creating a poison and blackmail-based character? P&P
It is a bit confusing, since I've mostly seen "pen & paper" used to describe tabletop RPGs, to differentiate from LARPs or from CRPGs.
May
15
comment What is the background of Christian resistance to role-playing?
Any answer that doesn't address the history of Christianity and RPGs - Jack Chick's Dark Dungeons, the demon/devil->tanaari/baatezu shift and other milestones in the history of the hobby is, I feel, extremely incomplete. Christian organizations have given explicit reasons for their disapproval, and they should be mentioned in a good answer.
May
5
comment Evil Friend Ruining Campaigns
@Pallid Closing as a duplicate isn't meant to punish you for doing wrong, just to point you - and anyone who might find his way here in the future - towards the place where you'll get the best answer. No point in duplicating the answers, so we just link them this way.
May
5
comment Evil Friend Ruining Campaigns
Here's another question with excellent answers, and another.
Apr
29
comment Forgot the name of a game I saw once - like Ars Magica, but more freeform
You mention "saving the file", implying you encountered this online. Could it have been a homebrew addition to Ars Magica?
Apr
21
comment How to help a player to roleplay the character he created?
I think it's perfectly normal and non-despotic - until it causes a problem, which is (from the limited information we have) what is happening. My starting point us the problem, not the request for specific characters.
Apr
17
comment How can I learn about other editions of D&D?
@PipperChip I think your comment is the best of the bunch, and would gladly upvote it if you turned it into an answer.
Mar
31
comment Slavic AD&D Campaign Setting Resources
+1 for GURPS as reference to almost anything. While I never really liked the GURPS rules, their almost inexhaustible list of campaign supplements can be used with all games, with some work.