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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
21
revised Did I overstep my power as DM?
added 1 characters in body
Feb
21
answered Did I overstep my power as DM?
Feb
21
comment Exactly, what is an encounter?
Some history (which others may want to work into an answer): "encounter" used to be used strictly in its English meaning sense and was not a technical term. It was used in the sense of "encountering something/one". Later editions of D&D (3e) started using it in a way that sounded like a technical term, and that, plus the increased play-procedure divide between in-combat and everything else, made it come to be treated as a technical term.
Feb
20
comment Good alignment on characters facing a vampire
I voted to close the question as "primarily opinion-based", and your answer demonstrates pretty well why: this answer is very much founded on "the good of the many outweigh the good of the few", which is an argument aligned with lawful good principles. An argument from chaotic good principles, meanwhile, results in exactly the opposite conclusion. So, the question of which is better is inherently a matter of opinion.
Feb
20
comment Blaze of glory twice
@Cthos ... No. The text does assume that the reader knows how to read English. (q.v. false dilemma fallacy)
Feb
20
comment Blaze of glory twice
@Cthos I think you're missing the point of "there is no fluff and rules separation in RAW". Harnessing the power of unlife is what happens, it's what the magic does. Falling unconscious is what happens, it's what the magic does. If it says you fall unconscious, you do, no matter what else (HP loss) might also make you fall unconscious. The description of the spell tells you what happens, and it happens, the end.
Feb
20
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How does Improved Familiar advancement affect its size category and size-related benefits?
Feb
20
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is a good guideline for creating challenging NPCs in Edge of the Empire?
Feb
20
comment Blaze of glory twice
@Cthos The whole spell block is rules. Always has been. The idea that spell "fluff" isn't rules for what the spell does is an interpretation that does not appear in RAW (ironically).
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