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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


Apr
11
revised Do universal rules systems without any implied setting whatsoever exist?
slight rewrite so that it's asking if any exist, not for opinions; that's answerable conretely
Apr
11
comment Where did the Chromatic/Metallic Dragons come from?
There were only white, black, green, blue, red, and gold dragons in original D&D. Tiamat and Bahamut didn't appear until later, in the Greyhawk supplement.
Apr
11
comment How is a play-by-email game actually played?
Nice primer and overview!
Apr
11
comment How is a play-by-email game actually played?
@GMJoe That sounds like an excellent new question to ask.
Apr
11
revised How is a play-by-email game actually played?
copyedit & format
Apr
11
comment At what point did polyhedral dice become part of D&D?
@aramis But not, of course, if you didn't have Chainmail, which most people didn't; hence the further history of the game veering sharply toward the alternate system instead of the standard one.
Apr
11
awarded  Good Answer
Apr
11
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
11
comment How is a play-by-email game actually played?
Confusingly, "play by post" used to (and can still) mean physical post mail. So, play by email is also often called "play by post" by straight analogy. And then there are games played by writing posts on a forum, which is also called "play by post". It's not really useful to correct people, because physical mail and email both were called "play by post" before forums existed. Just get clarification as to what is being asked, if necessary, and try not to accidentally start up an old and futile semantic war.
Apr
11
comment How to motivate players without the promise of gold and XP?
+1. It's an excellent phrase that I'm going to remember. Gaming is one of the very few things that does not allow for wu wei!
Apr
10
answered Where could I go to find editing services that specialize in RPGs?
Apr
10
comment Where could I go to find editing services that specialize in RPGs?
Regarding initiative, you may find this question helpful: How do you administer combat without an initiative system?
Apr
10
comment Does GMing diminish or detract from being a player in games?
A link on illusionism, and a flowchart of how illusionist play relates to other kinds of play.
Apr
10
revised Does GMing diminish or detract from being a player in games?
copyedit
Apr
10
comment How to motivate players without the promise of gold and XP?
Did you mean "wu wei" ("action in non-action"), rather than "Wei wu wei" (the pseudonymous Taoist writer)?
Apr
10
comment How to motivate players without the promise of gold and XP?
Access to treasure is great! "There's great treasure in the king's woods in an old dungeon, but bringing it back will prove we broke the law and poachers are hanged... We'll have to get a royal writ of permission to go in, or take the risk. Hm, who can we bribe or make friends with?" Greed-envy is also a great idea.
Apr
10
revised What tools or strategies have you found useful when not all players can be in the same physical space?
un-tiny and prettify link
Apr
10
revised At what point did polyhedral dice become part of D&D?
integrate quote and answer a bit better
Apr
10
awarded  Nice Answer