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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 WorldPlaying D&D 4eReading The Guide to Glorantha


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revised How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?
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revised Why did the D&D devs design spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?
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comment How do I determine my character's maximum load?
Note: Learning how to play D&D from the SRD is a frustrating affair. It lacks all the "teaching" text, leaving only the rules and incomplete explanations of how to use them. You should really look into getting a copy of the PHB.
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comment New to Tabletops, Starting with 5E. Advice?
I'm unclear on what the question is now. Is it "what class should my wife play?"?
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reviewed Leave Closed New to Tabletops, Starting with 5E. Advice?
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reviewed Leave Open Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size?
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revised How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?
copyedit (especially the idiosyncratic edition names: use search-friendly ones instead); tags to suit subject
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comment Existing solo DnD campaigns to use with a novice player?
Hi Drew. We do have a rule about shopping questions: answers must be based on experience. This rule was created because shopping answers used to become a long list of low-quality suggestions of personal favourites and "I think this might work". Have you used any of these for one-on-one play?
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comment How to roleplay languages that none of the player characters know?
I think you mean "like we would never describe Chinese as…" since we're several decades past that being an acceptable stereotype.
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comment Existing solo DnD campaigns to use with a novice player?
The only ones I know of we're the [Classname] Challenge ones put out for AD&D 2nd edition. I never got to run them, but they did have a decent mix of travel, investigation, and interaction, not just combat. Does anyone whose actually used them want to share, or were they actually not so good?
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answered Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size?
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comment Roleplaying online without having to post in public
There is a hosted instance of Wave run by Rizzoma. My impression is that they mostly target a business market, but it is still available to anyone who wants to use it.
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comment New to Tabletops. Have kids. How do you handle distractions?
Children also aren't equivalent at all to other distractions. Also from experience, a single persistent child can bring the game to a halt over and over again. There's a reason I don't host games anymore, not until she's old enough to play too or respect a "play somewhere else" without external enforcement.
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comment New to Tabletops. Have kids. How do you handle distractions?
7 is a transitional age: still a lot of small child in them, but the beginnings of pre-teen wider awareness, and it's very individual. I give it about 50/50 whether they can play in an RPG with adults. Also, the other kids near in age may see such an invitation as unfair, since 5&6yos don't easily understand why they can't do adult stuff. (All from experience.)
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comment Should I leave this group or recover it?
@KRyan Done! (Borrowing heavily from the wisdom of Captain Awkward.) Does that look more complete?
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comment Roleplaying online without having to post in public
@ThomasE. Those links aren't really exact answers, since they were specifically looking for real-time chat (the former) and virtual tabletops (the latter). (If they did answer this question, this would be closed as a duplicate. :) So they are related, but not necessarily helpful to everyone with your same question. Let's see what answers this question gets, since I imagine there are other sites that aren't chat/VTTs that could satisfy your request and wouldn't show up on those questions.
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comment Roleplaying online without having to post in public
Related: What software is available for virtual table tops?
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revised What software is available for virtual table tops?
add Fantasy Grounds video demo link from a comment-answer