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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 WorldPlaying D&D 4eReading The Guide to Glorantha


Jun
21
revised Which is best for a 4e Hexblade, wands or rods?
clearer punctuation; try to fix a run-on sentence; try my best guess at how some good examples are supposed to solve the problem
Jun
21
answered Can a Magic Circle Against Evil protect a creature from a Night Hag's Dream Haunting?
Jun
21
comment Can a Magic Circle Against Evil protect a creature from a Night Hag's Dream Haunting?
@Zachiel Yes, I see what you mean. Though a close reading gives me an answer from a different angle...
Jun
21
comment Can a Magic Circle Against Evil protect a creature from a Night Hag's Dream Haunting?
Doesn't the "or to exercise mental control" exactly match the supernatural ability's description and thereby include it in what the circle prevents? Does it really matter whether it's brief or ongoing?
Jun
21
revised Is there a good way to have a party of adventurers with only one player?
can you? yes. should you? no, that's up to you!
Jun
21
comment Can a Magic Circle Against Evil protect a creature from a Night Hag's Dream Haunting?
Yeah, we have a one post, one question policy. I've removed the second question, but you are very welcome to post it separately! (You can see the edit history here or by clicking the edit timestamp, to copy-paste it if necessary.)
Jun
21
revised Can a Magic Circle Against Evil protect a creature from a Night Hag's Dream Haunting?
remove related but different question: one post, one question
Jun
21
revised Is there a good way to have a party of adventurers with only one player?
fix a few tortured phrases, more explicit introduction to what follows
Jun
20
comment Learning FATE systems from a D20 background
@okeefe Accelerated Edition might be a better introduction, since it has six things that look like the familiar stats, but uses them so differently it might be valuable culture shock to pave the way for the necessary paradigm shift…
Jun
20
comment How do I fit my character in to a universe I am unfamiliar with?
Regarding wikis, there is an extensive WH40k wiki available for research. As time goes on, this is true of more and more game settings.
Jun
20
comment How do I fit my character in to a universe I am unfamiliar with?
Excellent question! I've had this problem both as a player and as a GM of players who aren't familiar with the setting, and I could really use some good techniques for it.
Jun
20
comment Is it possible to get your animal companion killed?
@JohnP It would be hard to habitually kill off an animal companion when it essentially is a mini-quest to get a new one each time. But if they did, I'd be delighted by how much trouble they're making for themselves that I don't have to think up. It shouldn't be assumed to be a problem, because the game doesn't require superficial character balance to maintain player balance. And, the character would naturally become "not someone with an animal companion" eventually (due to eventually just not bothering to find a new one), which would likely refocus them into a form more suited to the player.
Jun
20
comment Classroom RPG for kids
Do is good because it mechanically enforces everyone's right to contribute equally, and gives each character a "signature" method of solving (and causing) problems. That gives lots of support to both "you're important" and "you all work together". There's no "or else" for working together, you just do.
Jun
20
comment Classroom RPG for kids
How do these games address the question's requirement for separate important roles? As is this seems like a good "Games for kids" answer, but we already have a question for that.
Jun
20
revised Classroom RPG for kids
Fix an ambiguous sentence
Jun
20
comment How to cut back on pre-game joking?
I would say not a duplicate. The underlying causes appear to be entirely different, and because the other has the addition details of frequent interruptions much of the advice there is at least in part inapplicable. Some answers will overlap, yes, but not all, and some answers to this would be inapplicable to that.
Jun
19
comment Fast-paced and brutal rpg system
@sergut As much as I love Shaintar, it's far from an "associated meta-setting". SW has more settings than most people have socks—Shaintar does not have a special prominence among them. As much as I love it.
Jun
19
revised Draw maps while playing rather than beforehand?
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Jun
19
comment Draw maps while playing rather than beforehand?
This is one of the advantages of using tiles. Even just going low-tech with the rooms pre-drawn on plain or gridded letter paper can make a large dungeon layout much easier to manage.
Jun
19
revised Draw maps while playing rather than beforehand?
edited tags