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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


Nov
22
comment Is there a check list for dishing out Exp Points after a session?
Er, not 4e, I'm mixing up questions. Anyway, still that quote.
Nov
22
comment How does the GM effectively help players find Traits?
It's one of those "should read" games, if only to be exposed to radically new ideas about how a game can work. (Unfortunately there is no PDF version of the books.)
Nov
21
comment How does the GM effectively help players find Traits?
If the traits have mechanical effects, it can (though there are guidelines for how to build good traits, winging it can break things). But it's more the "focus[ing] more on the story/roleplaying taking the rules as just a reference to solve certain situations" part. BW doesn't work well that way. In fact, there's very little point in using BW if you're not going to use its rules structure for all game situations. If the rules get regularly ignored, the characters will simply fail more often when the rules do get used.
Nov
21
revised Divided party on a deserted island
deleted 9 characters in body
Nov
21
revised Divided party on a deserted island
"deserted" is more fitting. "Desert" islands by definition don't have jungles, being covered in desert instead.
Nov
21
comment Divided party on a deserted island
The pack animals is a great idea.
Nov
21
answered Divided party on a deserted island
Nov
21
comment Is there a check list for dishing out Exp Points after a session?
@KRyan Might, but I'm 99% sure it doesn't, judging by "I don't want to penalize him much in exp but I want the division of bonus exp to fair to every body." and by the fact that it's D&D 4e.
Nov
21
comment How does the GM effectively help players find Traits?
How many LPs do these characters have?
Nov
21
comment How does the GM effectively help players find Traits?
I'm not clear if you're answering from experience or not. Common wisdom is that playing Burning Wheel in the second manner is akin to climbing into a military jet that is partly disassembled, resulting in spectacular mechanical failure after takeoff.
Nov
21
answered Is there a check list for dishing out Exp Points after a session?
Nov
21
comment Antithesis for an elf ranger?
I think this is going to be "primarily opinion-based" no matter how it's written.
Nov
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
21
answered What do I do when some players can't show up consistently?
Nov
21
revised Introducing new players to a Campaign
add new players mentioned in title to the body; fix tags
Nov
20
revised Can Paranoia be revamped to be a cooperative game?
copyedit the edit (saying "edit:" isn't necessary because we have an edit history feature)
Nov
20
revised Can Paranoia be revamped to be a cooperative game?
rm superfluous tags; minor copyedits; reword 2nd bolded sentence to be possible to answer well/correctly rather than just with random suggestions
Nov
20
revised How to run Fiasco in a group of mixed player types?
minor less-awkward phrase
Nov
20
comment Line of sight & cover along walls and around pillars
@GMJoe I had that thought too, and then realised that the OP is using "wall" and "pillar" interchangeably, so they're talking about 5'x5' square "pillars" as are often seen in dungeons.
Nov
20
revised How to run Fiasco in a group of mixed player types?
added 28 characters in body