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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
21
comment In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/22786/…
May
21
revised What can I do to improve as a player for Burning Wheel
fix formatting; remove a copy-paste error; add a missing GM resp
May
20
revised In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?
a bit about the balance of power in a feudal structure
May
20
comment In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?
@Bryce A Game of Thrones even has a king lamenting that he can't just go about "adventuring" anymore because of the weight of kingly duties.
May
20
comment What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
@KRyan Ah, I'm reading that differently. They asked for the proportion of spells to keep the same balance. I don't believe game balance is actually mentioned.
May
20
awarded  Nice Answer
May
20
comment What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
@KRyan Yes, there is such thing as a "non-char-op" game: it's one where people don't care about the power balance because their play objectives are orthogonal. Just because the power-balance axis exists in every game doesn't mean it's relevant to every game.
May
20
answered In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?
May
20
comment Messing with the Wild Die?
@Toast No wait, entirely my bad. I looked at some more graphs and you're right: there is a 1–2 percentage point boost for TN >=4 across skill die sizes. Ironically, my original point was that it's easy to misinterpret stats and graphs, and now I have demonstrated it by doing so myself! :) I withdraw my objection and you can have a +1.
May
20
revised How can I run games in Shadowrun, without going overboard?
format bullet-point bodies so they're within the scope of the bullet point (either that, or those should be converted to section titles)
May
20
comment What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
In a game where they're more concerned about not stifling caster creativity, I strongly suspect that they're not going to be doing much if any charop, and the effect of non-charop on group balance is likely to entirely overwhelm the small effect that this change would make.
May
20
comment What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
That's not unlike what was in the "2.5e" Player's Option books. As spell point systems go, it worked pretty well. +1.
May
20
revised What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
Add a Codices link
May
20
comment What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
I found a GITP post that seems right. I'll link that, and if it's not the right one, it will at least serve well enough until you can replace it.
May
20
comment What are the best ways to utilize Wisdom and Charisma?
There's no mention or hint of converting to d20 in the question. That's the sort of thing they'd probably mention. You could ask for clarification on that in a comment on the question though.
May
20
comment What are the best ways to utilize Wisdom and Charisma?
D&D 3.5e didn't exist in 1989. The system they're building on is not going to contain any of these features that you talk about.
May
20
revised What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?
copyedit
May
20
comment What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
Since we don't do lists of stuff hoping to randomly make a good guess at an asker's unstated requirements, this will probably get closed as currently written. To make this on-topic for the site, you should add what requirements you will use to judge answers by, so that answerers can skip suggesting magic systems that are clearly not what you're looking for. Or said another way: you don't like the current system, okay, but what are your goals for a replacement system?
May
19
revised What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
edited tags; edited tags
May
19
comment Does there exist an application for tracking your library of games?
@Zelbinian Yeah, the UI is clunky… But it's fast once loaded, especially for searching, so I must have long since forgiven it. :)