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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


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comment Does Full Defense assume you're also Defending?
@Toast Yeah, my gut says the same. I just found this too, and if they could be stacked I would expect Clint to have said so; plus, they have the MAP and move distinctions to make them useful in different ways. Maybe they're just badly named. :) Still, stacking doesn't seem broken, so I'm not sure which interpretation makes most sense.
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revised Does Full Defense assume you're also Defending?
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asked Does Full Defense assume you're also Defending?
May
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comment Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry?
@pblock Even then the data would have to be interpreted subjectively. Does low mark-down "hurt" a indie dev whose goal is to pay rent with game sales? Does it "hurt" another indie dev whose goal is to have people play their game? The hypothetical data one might gather about revenues may still be opaque without doing personal interviews with each publisher…
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comment Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry?
@F.RandallFarmer I zeroed-in on "Is there any evidence that our migration to digital RPGs is hurting (or helping) the RPG industry?" as the question to answer, since answering "No, we don't have evidence about the whole industry" to that makes the rest either moot, or foolish to try to definitively answer.
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comment Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry?
@Undreren Not true. The vast majority of stuff being published these days is done for love, not profit. Even the top designers say there are much, much easier ways to make a living; everyone who's not a top designer is not making a living off RPGs, and even some of those aren't either. If not being profitable meant no one would do it, we wouldn't have an RPG industry.
May
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comment Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry?
Lumpley's big spike would be the publication of Apocalypse World, which has outsold everything he's done taken together.
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comment Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry?
@Undreren Depends on how you define "the industry", the long-term effects of shifting payrolls to part-time (loss of talent?), whether that's actually increasing money spent on products or merely redirecting it to low-cost alternatives… The effects of technological disruptions are a complicated tangle usually left to historians to figure out.
May
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comment How do you make a new NPC likable?
You may also want to hedge your bets by making her presence also important somehow in the PCs' world, so that the dilemma isn't merely between saving the world and "but we like her." Make both choices meaningful beyond emotion, then her being likeable is icing on the cake and no longer a potential plot failure point.
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revised Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry?
typo, connect the analogy better to RPG publishing
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comment Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry?
Are you thinking of Fred Hicks of Evil Hat? He's written quite a bit about how they use and think about PDF, and where his personal breakpoints are for "this is worth it" and "this isn't worth it", but it was less an analysis and more an expression of business philosophy.
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comment Is a Bodak's Death Gaze an Energy Drain Effect?
This is a nice unambiguous quote. Can you stick a citation on it so we know the exact sourcing?
May
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revised How can I motivate my fellow players?
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comment Are Hit Points in Dungeon World just a nod to D&D?
@Timonides Thinking that Going Aggro is "the combat move" is an easy misconception to get, but it's just a move that triggers when influencing with the real threat of violence. (You can have a whole fight and never Go Aggro!) A full-on fight can be done with basic moves fine, but there are also the battle moves and the three-round battle clock starting page 212, for more significant/deadly conflicts.
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revised Are Hit Points in Dungeon World just a nod to D&D?
the [design] tag is fitting—we don't need a new one just for the word *World designers use
May
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comment Is it common to wear costumes when (tabletop) roleplaying?
Though I voted to reopen this, if there are many more "me too" answers that just repeat what's been said, I will begin to regret it.