60,092 reputation
4124291
bio website d7.pipemaze.com
location Vancouver, Canada
age 33
visits member for 3 years, 7 months
seen 7 hours ago

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


Jan
31
comment How to deal with overly cautious players?
Related: How can I make my PCs flee? (Maybe read that and do the opposite!)
Jan
31
comment When did the powers that be decide that my lanky frame warrants twenty-five square feet?
I could edit the answer to state this stuff more precisely, but I don't feel like these nuances belong in the answer. The bit about differing design fundamentals is interesting background, but it's already a tangent with as much detail as is already in the answer. Adding these details won't change the actual meat of the answer either, since it doesn't bear on when the 5-foot square became the standard. They are fair nits to pick, but I think the brief treatment in the answer is enough to be appropriate while giving some perspective on why any standard at all is new.
Jan
31
comment When did the powers that be decide that my lanky frame warrants twenty-five square feet?
3.5e made the transition to squares and grids explicit (I might be able to dig up the dev commentary on that) but it was in the base design of 3e too—everything is in 5' increments. Underneath, it's a discrete grid system even in 3e, but it just had feet painted on top to make it comfortable for AD&D players. AD&D is the other way around: underneath it's continuous yards/feet, but it had table-inches painted on top to make it more familiar to wargamers.
Jan
31
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
31
comment When did the powers that be decide that my lanky frame warrants twenty-five square feet?
@YogoZuno Only combat range and movement rate was measured in table-inches—everything else was real-world measurements (such as climbing distances, or the mentioned tunnel-squeezing table). And a table-inch was used so that it could be flexibly translated to a foot (inside) or a yard (outdoors), so it still holds.
Jan
31
revised When did the powers that be decide that my lanky frame warrants twenty-five square feet?
discrete vs continuous is a paradigm difference and fairly fundamental to the different designs
Jan
31
revised When did the powers that be decide that my lanky frame warrants twenty-five square feet?
expand from mobile submission
Jan
31
answered When did the powers that be decide that my lanky frame warrants twenty-five square feet?
Jan
31
comment Monsters with negative HP
FYI the Fiend Folio did feature many creatures originally appearing in White Dwarf (being from the same publishers), so it's not so crazy as it first sounds.
Jan
30
comment DM going from D&D 3.5e to AD&D 1st edition
Bat in the Attic has a good list here that I can't add much to. The Primer is a great non-blog start, then Grognardia and Philotomy's, then everything else.
Jan
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
30
comment DM going from D&D 3.5e to AD&D 1st edition
This might seem like an "easy out" answer, but blogs really are the way to go. They were hugely useful to me when I was rediscovering the old-school playstyle.
Jan
30
revised DM going from D&D 3.5e to AD&D 1st edition
General "how do I do this edition when I'm used to that edition" is ok, "any and all tips" is too broad a scope
Jan
29
answered How can I create a more serious atmosphere when playing with siblings?
Jan
29
comment How can I create a more serious atmosphere when playing with siblings?
Good god, you're playing with siblings and you didn't say so? That's not a small detail. That's a completely different question!
Jan
29
revised How can I create a more serious atmosphere when playing with siblings?
edit in from comments: siblings! That's a really important detail!
Jan
29
revised How to build a Secret Base without killing the builders
retag; spelling/grammar
Jan
28
answered Inventor of the Universal Arcane Language?