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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 in UndermountainPlaying nothing • Scheming nothing • Writing Broken Swords RPGReading GURPS 4th Edition Basic Set


Jan
11
answered Do animal companions get bonus attacks due to high BAB?
Jan
10
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
10
revised When GMing in a high-tech game world how do you handle potentially disruptive tech?
remove system-specific tag since it's only a footnote to the question: there's nothing here about Eclipse Phase's particular mechanics or setting
Jan
9
comment Converting from AD&D Second Edition to AD&D
You can pretty much use 2nd ed materials verbatim with 1st edition rules, so without more information I don't think you'll get much in the way of answers. If something in particular is giving you trouble, could you ask more specifically about that?
Jan
9
comment Common Dice Mechanics
Dice programs are quite common now—lots of roleplaying is done online now, what with groups growing up and moving apart but still wanting to play together, and lone gamers who don't have any fellow gamers in even extended driving distance.
Jan
8
comment Common Dice Mechanics
Here's how I would research this. Find a dice-roller program under ongoing development and improvement → look at the rolls available; find its user forums → read about the missing roll types that users want (and have wanted in the older posts about previous versions) for their games. You'll get a more complete answer and a better "in the trenches" look at current terminology than here. And I don't often say that elsewhere would give better answers! (This is how I learned about a lot of odd roll types during the heyday of Google Wave and the development of dice bits for it.)
Jan
8
comment Can a wizard change a spell they have prepared?
I didn't see the first draft, but I can say this made the differences clear and the flow is good.
Jan
8
comment Supernatural abilities and spell duration
Perhaps that's intentional. A young kitsune is not entirely in command of their more demanding powers.
Jan
8
comment How do I encourage a GM to use the rules as written?
Find a GM that shares your preferred play style.
Jan
7
comment How does a character become magical in the Dresden Files?
Do you want to do the exposure during play, or would the backstory development step of the character creation process be an ok place to have the exposure happen? (I'm assuming you're familiar with the whole chargen process—correct me if you haven't read that part.)
Jan
6
comment How does D&D Vancian magic make sense in-game?
As you said, it's not memorising multiple copies of the same incantation, it's the ability to hold multiple paused rituals in their head. That's the same thing I said. :) Either way, slots are definitely not representing material components, since AD&D already represents them as actual items carried. I like the inert bomb metaphor, that's good. Here's your +1!
Jan
6
comment How does D&D Vancian magic make sense in-game?
I'm nodding along right up until you say slots represent components, which is definitely not true in AD&D. Components are represented by actual stuff the wizard has to carry around. Slots represent something more like (IIRC) their ability to fit several different incomplete rituals into their brain at the same time. I'd really like to upvote this if that could be corrected. :)
Jan
6
comment What's the name of the game about LARP de-briefings?
Do you know if this is a print product or not? (It sounds like it could easily be a homebrewed game made by a LARPer with a taste for meta.)
Jan
6
revised What means are there for dealing with invisible creatures?
clarify per comments
Jan
6
answered How can I use Helfrost spells with Power Points?
Jan
5
comment What means are there for dealing with invisible creatures?
Yes, that's worth mentioning, thanks! Rereading the Q, it's not clear but could be read as the Notice and hit/target penalties being what they're most concerned about dealing with.
Jan
5
revised Moldvay D&D First Round in Encounter
retag: [dnd-encounters] is for the 4e in-store pickup initiative called "D&D Encounters"; the plain [encounters] tag is the right one
Jan
5
answered Moldvay D&D First Round in Encounter
Jan
5
revised What means are there for dealing with invisible creatures?
expand
Jan
5
answered What means are there for dealing with invisible creatures?