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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 (on hiatus) • Playing D&D 4eReading Designers & Dragons (2014) by Shannon Appelcline


Jan
4
revised Does the Weird Science AB require knowledge skills?
retitle; retag; copyedit
Jan
4
comment How do I safely break stereotypes in my games?
Do you want to gradually mix stereotype and non-stereotype NPCs, or do you want to jump straight to non-stereotype NPCs (but want to introduce that deviation from expectation gradually)? Basically, it's unclear if you want to gradually deviate from established in-world standards, or whether you want to deviate from the beginning. Or putting it a third way, is this a setting consistency question, or a how to handle balky players question?
Jan
3
revised What fantasy adventures with rich descriptions are out there?
copyedit & blurb formatting
Jan
3
comment If undead exist, why do cemeteries exist & cremation not a standard?
Spontaneous generation of undead is a big standard plot trope—you can't just say it doesn't happen. (In your own world you can, but this isn't in your world. That is super-important to allow for on an answers site that is supposed to give practical help with their actual situation, not just theorising about what you would do if you were their GM.) Add "infectious" undead such as ghouls and your argument becomes shakier yet. For these reasons, -1.
Jan
3
revised Rules on Treasure Carrying
propose some alternates to pount-weight tracking, if you're going to use tracked encumbrance
Jan
2
comment What fantasy adventures with rich descriptions are out there?
Based on your edit, I think you're going to be disappointed by RPG adventures. No RPG adventure has that much read-aloud text, even in TSR's heyday, simply because improvisation is the expected play mode and that precludes too much prose that might contradict the improvisation. You've already discovered gamebooks and should probably continue your search in that direction; that's the only place you'll find more than scattered paragraphs of text.
Jan
2
revised Game design differences between contested rolls and general attack rolls in combat
"whomever" is only used in object position; misc spelling and punc
Jan
2
revised Can Spirits of Man with the Innate Spell power use Alchemical Preparations known by the Summoner
Fix tags; edited tags
Jan
2
comment How can a GM justify changing a player's alignment?
@Julix There could be a good answer in that vein, but this one isn't it. A good answer that basically says "don't do what you're trying to do" needs to gently entice the reader around to this other frame of mind. This answer, though, just insults everyone who does want to make alignment work, and further contains a lot of typical "bad touch DM" language that undermines the suitability of the writer to even begin to comment on alignment.
Jan
2
comment How can I model Burning Wheel probabilities in AnyDice?
@AlexP Interesting... I think I see what it's doing: explode is exploding the 6s internally and not adding them as extra dice, so count never sees the pre-explode 6s. There's probably a way to write a custom explode that will expose all the rolls, but I don't have the opportunity right now. The function help docs on AnyDice would be a good place to start though – there is a howto for writing custom versions of explode that work differently.
Jan
1
revised How can I model Burning Wheel probabilities in AnyDice?
added 1407 characters in body
Jan
1
revised How can I model Burning Wheel probabilities in AnyDice?
added 770 characters in body
Jan
1
revised How can I model Burning Wheel probabilities in AnyDice?
function
Jan
1
answered How can I model Burning Wheel probabilities in AnyDice?
Jan
1
revised Can I use my sling while on the ceiling using Spider Climb?
rolled back to a previous revision
Dec
31
revised How can I invoke actual fear in my players?
switch to semantic formatting; minor copyedits
Dec
31
revised What set of books makes a complete starter set for 4e?
rearrange info to fix broken formatting; correct the DMG2's title
Dec
31
revised Making custom classes and advanced moves
Dungeon World Guide link
Dec
30
revised Making custom classes and advanced moves
go through a worked example; add more places to learn about DW
Dec
30
revised Making custom classes and advanced moves
go through a worked example; add more places to learn about DW