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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


Dec
30
revised Can I use my sling while on the ceiling using Spider Climb?
copyedit
Dec
30
revised How to remember all the rules?
edited tags
Dec
30
revised What kinds of rules promote good team cohesion?
switch to semantic formatting
Dec
30
revised Can I use my sling while on the ceiling using Spider Climb?
retag; fix an encoding error
Dec
30
revised Can I use my sling while on the ceiling using Spider Climb?
pad it out some for those unfamiliar with Labyrinth Lord
Dec
29
comment How can I create a megadungeon in a futuristic/post-apocalyptic setting?
In a post-apocalypse, maybe our current construction habits are a relevant impediment to plausible megadungeons. But in a futuristic setting, all bets are off. The future is pretty big.
Dec
28
comment How can I help my players get into a vengeful mindset?
I think your article "Making Good Flags" is worth linking here, especially for the section "The Trap of Non-Flags".
Dec
28
comment How can I help my players get into a vengeful mindset?
"I can only assume that..." Have you asked them if that's true, first? Character concepts skewed toward violence doesn't flag what a player wants in the game, it's what they think they'll need in the game. It can be a flag they want to murder, but it's just as likely to be insurance against being murdered.
Dec
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
27
revised Could non-lethal damage draw blood?
correction from comments
Dec
27
comment Any rules or supplements for mass combat in Underwater or Aerial fantasy environments?
As for how to handle the question, don't settle for less! There's no harm in leaving a question open and unanswered—if a system gets designed in the future, an answer might come. If you don't get an answer soon enough, you can ask a separate question to find an abstract system that would do it.
Dec
27
comment Any rules or supplements for mass combat in Underwater or Aerial fantasy environments?
I wouldn't be as surprised—there just isn't much money in RPGs, so a niche of a niche is unlikely to be addressed. Outside of RPG supplements you might find wargaming rules that cover this, since it would be less niche there, but even so aquatic/aerial fantasy battles is still pretty niche.
Dec
27
comment Any rules or supplements for mass combat in Underwater or Aerial fantasy environments?
Can we assume you want a detailed ruleset, not a highly abstracted ruleset that can do any kind of battle simply because it's super-abstract? If no such thing exists, would a generic abstract system suit you as a "consolation prize", or would that make for a not-useful answer?
Dec
27
revised Is there an online interactive character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E?
incorporate comments
Dec
27
revised How can I find dice shops?
added 20 characters in body
Dec
27
revised When adapting a setting to 13th Age, how to decide what is an Icon?
retitle (the actual question is much more general than it appears at first); edit out subjective "do you feel" questions (since we seek the *right* answer, or at least right-est); and more general copyediting along those lines
Dec
27
comment What are the essential design features of a combat system that make it scalable from single combat to mass warfare?
@GMNoob Though "abstraction" may be true, it's not a word that explains itself or its application here well (unsurprisingly!), so it's an insufficient description of a game feature. The phrase "conflict mechanics are identical in procedure for anything" is, I think, the essence of the actual designable feature that makes a game's abstractions work at any scale.
Dec
26
revised How does the duration “concentration” work when using scrolls and power stones?
more descriptive title; consistent spell capitalisation; put actual question-stuff in its own paragraph; rewrite last paragraph for easier reading
Dec
26
answered Can I go Classless?
Dec
26
answered How can I find dice shops?