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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


Feb
20
comment Blaze of glory twice
@MatthewNajmon Woah there, throwing around "obsolete" casually. Older games still get played. We wouldn't have tags and questions about them if they were actually obsolete.
Feb
19
comment personality traits for a character
The answers being too broad is part of the problem. Quoting from the close explanation below: "There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format."
Feb
19
comment How I figure what dice I need to attain a certain curve?
This sounds like a question for Stats.SE or Math.SE. There's nothing here that requires knowledge of RPGs, and they are definitely far more expert in dice and probabilities than we are, especially weird problems like working backwards from a target curve to the dice you'd need.
Feb
18
revised How to create battles in a war
typo
Feb
18
comment Is it possible to run a simulationist sandbox game?
Two points of order: 1) It was run with D&D 3.0 specifically. 2) GTA was only used to explain the type of game, and Ben never says that it was actually the source of the game style's inspiration – this is an old style of playing D&D that Ben could easily have been familiar with, and if not, being an accomplished designer, he could easily have re-derived the sandbox RPG structure just by trying to satisfy the GMing needs outlined in the first post.
Feb
18
comment Online Post-Apocalypse Generators & Aides
Do I understand right, if I summarise this as "Finding generators suited to fantasy is easy, where can I find generators that suit the post-apocalypse genre"?
Feb
18
comment How do I build interesting dungeons?
Not even just generally, it's encouraged! There is such thing as too many questions posted at once, but the limit is up around ten, not two, so not worries. (And the limit is more because, you can't expect anyone, including yourself, to pay quality attention to that many questions all at once.)
Feb
18
revised How does wandering within a city work?
edited tags
Feb
18
answered How does wandering within a city work?
Feb
18
comment Is it possible to run a simulationist sandbox game?
If all you're asking is "does this exist?", the answer is "yes, quite a lot of campaigns have been sandboxes", but that Q&A isn't really worth a whole dedicated question. Maybe do some googling about sandbox roleplaying, read some of the hundreds of blog and forum posts about it, and you might better know what you want to ask about then?
Feb
18
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
17
revised How can I bring a player back to immersion and away from the distraction he brings to the table?
some copyedits
Feb
17
answered Can magical objects exist in a no mana world?
Feb
14
reviewed Edit suggested edit on My player characters abandoned an NPC and I want them to feel the consequences
Feb
14
revised My player characters abandoned an NPC and I want them to feel the consequences
not every question that isn't about mechanics needs [system-agnostic]
Feb
14
comment How can I encourage a style of play where enhancing others' fun is the most important goal?
@AlexP I'd forgotten about that. I've added it to my local library holds; thanks!
Feb
13
comment Are DCs supposed to be secret?
Depends on the edition. (In AD&D, there aren't any "DCs", but the ability test modifier that's the mathematical equivalent wasn't usually secret.) Which edition(s) do you mean?
Feb
13
comment GM burn-out concerning worlds and systems
There is long historical precedent for such notebooks, so much so that they have a name: "commonplace books".
Feb
12
comment How can I convert the Necromorphs from Dead Space to Savage Worlds?
@Phil To answer the specific question in the body, you pretty much have to explain the general principles. And the body is asking for general principles, using Necromorphs as a working example and the reason they started wondering.