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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 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.
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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.
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comment How do I make Encounters Awesome? (system-agnostic)
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.
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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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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
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revised Should a GM be a Player?
Revert word-choice edits that change the meaning of the question; keep tag edits; added 1 character in body; edited title
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comment How do I build a non-biomorphic AI?
Tangentially, this is one of the classic "problem ally" types: the hidden familiar. Consider reading that to help dodge the traps a sentient gadget lays for GMs.
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comment Plausible explanation for large number of armed adventurers in fantasy RPG setting?
@RobertF That is in fact something old-school D&D accounted for in its DM advice and random encounter tables.
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revised When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
Please stop putting system tags on questions when the question is not about the system. That is not how we use tags. Background context never goes in tags.
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
@BESW Can, yes, but there's wide rolling countryside between the two extremes.
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
@Joshua What is the point of adding a system tag to a question that mentions no specific game and is applicable to RPGs in general?
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