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Roleplayer, lapsed blogger, and full-time dad.

Started playing with AD&D 1e and GMing with AD&D 2e. Ran D&D 3.x, 4e briefly, then became a fan of indie games and the OSR. Particularly fond of GMless and short-form games because they suit a busy schedule and are good for enticing non-gamers into the hobby.

Running Dungeon World in UndermountainPlaying nothing • Scheming nothing • Writing Broken Swords RPGReading GURPS 4th Edition Basic Set


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comment What should I buy to get in a D&D crowd?
@mxyzplk I'll agree it's not asked well, but that's always how it is with that kind of problem. We've got experts who've already read between the lines though, so it's being handled. I trust the votes will sort the most discerning of those insights to the top.
9h
comment How to help a player to roleplay the character he created?
I think you still misunderstand something. It is normal and not despotic for a GM to say, "You're all company members aboard a trade ship. Make characters that fit," and object when one makes a weird character. Just like it is considered a problem with the player if they make an accountant or a traitor when the DM said, "You're all adventuring heroes in a cooperative party." The GM is 100% within his rights and responsibilities here. Your answer is effectively saying the GM can never play hard sci-fi, which is unreasonable, and unhelpful besides.
9h
comment How to help a player to roleplay the character he created?
@Logoris That's not what the question says. The question says "I told them to make normal, realistic people," and one player has not accepted the campaign premise.
10h
comment What should I buy to get in a D&D crowd?
I would say this isn't a duplicate. The core problem is that, unbeknownst to the asker, they have a misapprehension (summed up by the "without having to ask too many questions" part). They clearly know what books to buy for 4e, so that can't be the problem.
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comment What should I buy to get in a D&D crowd?
@Lawton Except for D&D 4e—there's no reference document for that edition.
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revised Where can I learn the meanings of RPG terminology?
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13h
comment Is there a list of RPG jargon words?
@Dakeyras Not so: it's off-topic to ask a question that would result in us creating a list of answers. Asking for an resource elsewhere is OK, even if that resource happens to be a list. In actual fact, this is a duplicate of an existing open question.
13h
revised Is there a list of RPG jargon words?
the correct term here is "jargon"
14h
revised Is it acceptable for the GM to attack a recently-stabilized character?
punctuation and formatting fixes
14h
answered Designing a damage system for our rules
16h
revised What are the consequences of different speeds of time interacting?
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17h
comment How to help a player to roleplay the character he created?
@TimLymington There's a possible good answer there; how to change the campaign to accommodate the "odd one out" without yanking the rug from under the other players who are already on-board with the original premise, is non-trivial and would be a valuable insight.
18h
comment How to handle player knowledge when they fumble a knowledge roll
@AceCalhoon Actually, I think this is a duplicate of that. The answers are even substantially the same.
18h
comment How do I make Encounters Awesome?
Although there are ways to make combats excellent that aren't tied to a specific system (so I don't think narrowing this to one system is needed), the trouble is that there is a lot of advice for that, over a huge spectrum of different, incompatible play styles. This could only be answered system-agnostically by a large collection of articles, which unfortunately puts it outside of our Q&A format.
18h
comment How to help a player to roleplay the character he created?
Not all character concepts fit in every campaign. That's a fundamental concern that shouldn't be ignored either, because it's the other half of the dilemma at the core of the question.
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revised How to help a player to roleplay the character he created?
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19h
comment How to handle player knowledge when they fumble a knowledge roll
This answer would be much better if it also answered how to handle player knowledge with fumbles as a house-rule. If they choose to continue using fumbles, this answer doesn't provide any help for them.
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revised Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party
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answered How do I run a successful and engaging campaign without combat?
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revised How do I run a successful and engaging campaign without combat?
convert all lists to use list formatting; copyedit