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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 4eWriting Broken Swords RPGReading RuneQuest 6


May
16
comment What are the best ways to utilize Wisdom and Charisma?
There is a reason many games don't use the six traditional ability scores. "Tradition" and "good" are not actually synonymous.
May
16
revised What is an animal companion in 2nd edition AD&D?
how to make friends and influence creatures
May
16
revised What is an animal companion in 2nd edition AD&D?
skills that are(n't) relevant
May
16
revised What is an animal companion in 2nd edition AD&D?
this is a ranger thing; added 51 characters in body; added 1 characters in body
May
16
revised What is an animal companion in 2nd edition AD&D?
Beastfriend kit
May
16
answered What is an animal companion in 2nd edition AD&D?
May
16
comment Is it fair to press the players for decisions during combat?
Savage Worlds has the same: you automatically Hold the action if you are indecisive. It seems to be a common enough RAW thing that it's not categorically unfair.
May
16
awarded  Nice Answer
May
15
comment What's a good way to design and layout an Apocalypse World playbook?
@Anaphory Added! It's a bit of a pain because it's using the old XeConTeXt processor, but I haven't got the Mk IV version working properly yet. It should give the basics for reworking into a trifold though. I've been sitting on the various version I have because of processing bugs and image layering issues I haven't solved to my aesthetic satisfaction yet, but that one should do the job.
May
15
revised What's a good way to design and layout an Apocalypse World playbook?
ConTeXt template
May
15
revised How do I, as a DM, help a girl integrate into a group of all male role-players?
"female" isn't widely accepted as a noun for humans, and using it like a noun has negative connotations that don't fit this post
May
15
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Dragon Player Characters
May
15
awarded  Nice Answer
May
15
revised How should GM deal with 'standing orders'?
copyedit
May
15
awarded  Nice Answer
May
15
revised Why the bad guys don't just teleport somewhere drop a bomb and teleport back?
added 88 characters in body
May
15
answered Why the bad guys don't just teleport somewhere drop a bomb and teleport back?
May
15
comment How do I, as a DM, help a girl integrate into a group of all male role-players?
Answerers: remember to answer subjective questions like this with experience or references to someone else's experience (or even better, both). Posting answers that are just untested opinion or on-the-spot brainstormed ideas that you have never tried is contrary to our Good Subjective, Bad Subjective guidelines and may result in an answer being deleted.
May
15
comment How should GM deal with 'standing orders'?
@okeefe It's necessary to note that in Burning Wheel, these auto-actions are also a source of the game's "hero point" when you do them anyway when they're a bad idea. There's a built-in "you sure?" check involved, since the player can refuse the point and do the smart thing instead of the Instinct. If a game doesn't have that kind of mechanical interplay it doesn't really help these kinds of situations.
May
15
comment How should GM deal with 'standing orders'?
@Pulsehead It's true. There is a certain point where having a player leave the game unhappy is a bullet dodged though…