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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


May
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answered In RAW how does a radius effect deal with obstructions?
May
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revised How do you deal with a DM who says “no” to everything?
copyedit; use hierarchical headings
May
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comment How do you deal with a DM who says “no” to everything?
This doesn't seem to answer the question. Is your answer "that doesn't happen, you must be mistaken"? If so, okay, but say that. If your answer is "maybe you're mistaken, here's why", then this answer seems to be incomplete in that it doesn't have anything to say about what to do if they're not mistaken. And, I can't tell which of those your answer is supposed to be. So, could you edit it a bit to be more clear about what your specific advice is?
May
6
comment What is a good gaming system to convert RIFTS RPG into?
Gotcha, so same as GURPS in that regard: doable in theory, but not without the right campaign and mindset.
May
6
comment Is the mistborn adventure game based on another system?
Most games have been indirectly based on/inspired by/influenced by other pre-existing game systems. Are you looking for a more direct connection than that? Like, if Mistborn is a direct descendant or sibling of another game system? (Mage: the Awakening and Ars Magica have that kind of tight relationship; as do Unknown Armies and One Roll Engine; if I recall correctly.)
May
6
revised Why is Resistance not a mage spell?
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May
6
comment What is a good gaming system to convert RIFTS RPG into?
Question (me being only passingly familiar with HERO): is PC balance integral to HERO such that you can't do the RIFTS-style "some PCs are just better/worse" thing, or was it just that balancing PCs was your objective in the experiment? I couldn't tell which from the answer. (I totally agree that "kitchen sink" RIFTS wouldn't feel the same with balanced PCs. Scenario-based RIFTS would be OK with balanced PCs though.)
May
6
revised Does Tremorsense work across pits, chasms, and other gaps?
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May
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reviewed Leave Open Does Tremorsense work across pits, chasms, and other gaps?
May
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reviewed Leave Open Why is Resistance not a mage spell?
May
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reviewed Leave Open What is a good gaming system to convert RIFTS RPG into?
May
6
revised Are the elf races really so bad?
drastic edit as a demonstration - feel free to roll back if it's too much
May
6
comment Did having a 'Caller' player positively influence the gameplay in Moldvay's Basic D&D?
@DampeS8N As a player-leader sort of yes, but not necessarily as an in-character party-leader. I addressed that in my answer in the bit about delegating to a "negotiator" PC.
May
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comment Did having a 'Caller' player positively influence the gameplay in Moldvay's Basic D&D?
@Dragonsdoom I don't believe so. Having two callers would have been done if there were two separate (in-game) PC parties, or perhaps if the party split up. If the party is maneuvering/exploring/fighting as a group though, one caller simplifies it. Besides, everyone knows to get their desires to the caller if they want to act, and that requires a certain amount of cooperation in the mob.
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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comment Why is Resistance not a mage spell?
Remember that "minor" doesn't mean "unimportant". Minor things can be the thin edge of a very important-to-avoid wedge when it comes to game design.
May
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revised Did having a 'Caller' player positively influence the gameplay in Moldvay's Basic D&D?
added 90 characters in body
May
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answered Did having a 'Caller' player positively influence the gameplay in Moldvay's Basic D&D?
May
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comment Did having a 'Caller' player positively influence the gameplay in Moldvay's Basic D&D?
@DampeS8N No, it's not that. The bit about Charisma is misleading, it's not the primary purpose of the caller, just a post-hoc justification for why they're the talky player. It's not usually an in-game role, it's a table role.
May
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awarded  Enlightened