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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 and expanded my horizons from there. Fond of GMless and short-form games that suit a busy schedule and are good for enticing non-gamers into the hobby.

Running Apocalypse WorldPlaying D&D 4eScheming Earthdawn 3eReading The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding


Apr
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
10
comment How can we play up the full scope of “queer content” in Monsterhearts?
@Jadasc Oh, my bad! I've been absent from twitter &c for too long, apparently. Thanks!
Apr
10
revised Do critical failures always act as event triggers?
draw out the system-agnosticism more clearly by highlighting the all systems / our system split; light copyedit elsewhere
Apr
10
comment Do critical failures always act as event triggers?
@MooingDuck I think the intent is to ask in a system-agnostic way (see: "like this in every system or game?"), but used the number for "fumble" in the specific system they're playing now as a shorthand. I'll take a stab at editing it to make that stand out less as an oddity.
Apr
10
comment Do critical failures always act as event triggers?
@JohnP AFAIK, the d20 System didn't even exist when the latest edition of Arms Law was published.
Apr
10
comment The Mysteries of AD&D 1e Initiative
Re zones of control: they're in the rules already, but most people overlook them. Look at "retreat" and "flee" movement options: they're the only ones you can take once you're in melee range of an opponent, and they are only permitted directly away from the opponent. (And if you choose "flee", they get a free hit at you just like an AoO, but better because you can't use it to bypass them.) You can't just waltz by armed opponents.
Apr
10
comment Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?
"just like the "whiskey flask" problem with Paradox." You're just going to leave that linkless to keep us in suspense, aren't you?!
Apr
10
revised Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?
copyedit
Apr
9
comment How can we play up the full scope of “queer content” in Monsterhearts?
Although I don't see any problem with this question here, I do think a dialogue would be more fruitful for this subject. I expect there are few clear mechanical answers and more soft technique / theme / let-me-show-you-by-example answers that won't appear in SE-style answers. I know Joe Mcdaldno hangs out at Story Games and G+, and they invite people to talk at mcdaldno@gmail.
Apr
9
comment How can I plan, prepare, and enforce an episodic structure?
@DaveSherohman That's the one I was remembering! Thanks for the link.
Apr
9
comment How can I keep a King busy?
A note about "thy"—we often see it used to give an "ye olde timey medieval feel" to speech, but it's usually a mistake. "Thy" is the informal, familiar, personal pronoun. Nobody but a family member, usually only in private, would say "Inside thy realm" to a king, unless they were being deliberately and clumsily insulting. :)
Apr
9
comment How can I keep a King busy?
Or the "You are the King of Castille…" trailer. That one's also an excellent snapshot of the chaos of being an independent ruler.
Apr
9
comment How can I keep a King busy?
A note on mayors: a mayor is just a lord whose "land" is a city instead of a fief. The title may be elected, appointed, inherited, or anything else, and don't necessarily equal democracy. (I accidentally pasted that comment into the "edit description" line of the copyedit I did; ignore that.)
Apr
9
revised How can I keep a King busy?
A note on mayors: a mayor is just a lord whose "land" is a city instead of a fief. The title may be elected, appointed, inherited, or anything else, and don't *necessarily* equal democracy.
Apr
9
comment How can I keep a King busy?
I got to the second-last paragraph and was thinking "Somebody's been playing CKII...!" and then I read the last sentence. :) It is an excellent nobility decision-making simulator. "Mo' land, mo' problems."
Apr
9
revised How can I keep a King busy?
copyedit
Apr
9
comment Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?
@KRyan I think these answers have demonstrated the strength of SE: perceiving grains of truth and error in other answers galvanises the community to really dig in and get it right, and then present that well. :)
Apr
9
revised Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?
more specifically why I agree with the houserule's reasoning; note the ×1.5 str bonus; may not be necessary depending on motive
Apr
9
comment Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?
@KRyan Since all 2H weapons get that bonus, I assumed it went without saying that it applies. I'll note that.
Apr
9
awarded  Nice Answer