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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 and expanded my horizons from there. Fond of GMless and short-form games that suit a busy schedule and are good for enticing non-gamers into the hobby.

Running Apocalypse WorldPlaying D&D 4eScheming Earthdawn 3eReading The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding


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revised How do the Ranger features Hunter's Quarry and Prime Shot work?
quote formatting
May
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awarded  Custodian
May
3
reviewed Leave Closed How can I create more compelling villains?
May
3
reviewed Leave Open How do the Ranger features Hunter's Quarry and Prime Shot work?
May
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revised What are some good stealth rules for D&D 3/Pathfinder
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May
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comment How attached should players be to the characters they make?
@Doval There isn't room in comments to really get into the diversity of playstyles in the hobby. But one counter-example is all's needed, so: agency is of primary importance in old-school, high-mortality games, but the agency is achieved by informed in-game choice rather than having narrative-level control over a PC's life and death.
May
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revised What's a GM to do when the party is intent on killing each other?
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May
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revised What's a GM to do when the party is intent on killing each other?
deleted 2 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
May
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answered What's a GM to do when the party is intent on killing each other?
May
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comment How attached should players be to the characters they make?
@Doval I know, psych degree here. There are many ways to achieve agency other than the ones you outline as "necessary", is the thing.
May
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awarded  Enlightened
May
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revised What are the rules for ability score maximums?
whoops, missing "the"
May
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revised What are the rules for ability score maximums?
copyedit; more descriptive title
May
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comment How attached should players be to the characters they make?
@Doval You said "should". As a rule of thumb, if you're talking about how to play RPGs and you use the word "should", almost always you've just said something that is a preference that will not be true for some other RPG group. :) There are often entire families of game systems that are designed for the people who feel the opposite as you do on any particular "should".
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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revised What etiquette should a new player observe at the gaming table?
copyedit for clearer, more idiomatic phrases/punctuation/tenses
May
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comment What etiquette should a new player observe at the gaming table?
Some tables are OK with speaking in the third person, especially for logistics-type discussions. Defaulting to first person is good advice to start with; from there, see what everyone else does.
May
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revised Does the SR from Celestial Template and Spell Resistance stack?
formatting & copyedit; remove all the non-essential tags (and we don't have a [spell-resistance] tag)
May
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answered How long does a disguise last?