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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 in UndermountainPlaying nothing • Scheming nothing • Writing Broken Swords RPGReading GURPS 4th Edition Basic Set


Aug
16
comment How to Handle a Powergamer / Munchkin
The Same Page Tool is valuable during such discussions to get… ah… on the same page.
Aug
16
comment Can I see through an open doorway?
@Tchalvak It sounds like the DM is still preventing sight through open doors (see question comments), and the OP did ask "Is there any rule in AD&D to run a dungeon like that?" to which the short answer is "no" and the long answer is above.
Aug
15
revised How do I transition my players from roll-playing to role-playing?
integrate a clarification from the comments
Aug
15
comment How do I transition my players from roll-playing to role-playing?
This is an interesting answer that provides its own logistic challenges, but could be well worth trying.
Aug
15
answered Can I see through an open doorway?
Aug
15
revised Can I see through an open doorway?
massage my overhaul a bit
Aug
15
revised Can I see through an open doorway?
a link to explain further about communication and playing what everyone agrees on
Aug
15
comment How do you DM differently when it's for only one person?
I just want to emphasise this bit: The PC is the star, so it's OK if they're a big mover and shaker in situations. The real fun comes from the consequences of those decisions.
Aug
15
comment As a complete newcomer - what do I have to look out for?
A bunch of related Q&As: Running small-group games: Homebrew D&D with only 2 players (plus DM); Game recommendations for one-on-one roleplaying: A 2-player RPG for buddies?; Adapting a game designed with groups in mind (like D&D) to one-on-one play: How do you DM differently when it's for only one person?
Aug
15
revised A 2 Player RPG for buddies?
greatly expand answer about Mars Colony; add an answer to the part of the question about romantic games and buddies
Aug
15
comment Stopping rule questions from overrunning encounters
@wraith808 Yeah, the general principle is to rule in the direction that can later be fixed with the least disruption, if necessary.
Aug
15
revised As a complete newcomer - what do I have to look out for?
more idiomatic grammar and word choices; move the aside from the beginning to the end
Aug
15
comment Stopping rule questions from overrunning encounters
Or, in cases where it's life-or-death or similarly important, err on the safe side where the impact is less permanent: the PC lives; they don't get a +many bonus to their roll to convince the priest to marry them into the royal family; the major villain doesn't die from cholera. Erring on the side of status quo is one alternative to consider when looking up/interpreting/debating an important rule would take a long time.
Aug
14
revised How to deal with intimidating amount of rules in Shadowrun
remove one-true-wayism; copyedit
Aug
14
revised How to deal with intimidating amount of rules in Shadowrun
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Aug
14
comment Are there any problems with spies amongst the players?
Players feeling betrayed by what is essentially a unilateral social contract change is one potential problem. Rules and balance are the least likely things to be problems.
Aug
13
comment Can my fancy shirt be as cool as that guy's magical platemail?
Can? Sure, if your DM isn't rigidly by-the-book. The enchantment rules are only for balance reasons—when unbalance isn't a practical danger for an actual group (instead of a hypothetical one), there's nothing stopping a DM from introducing any damn magic item they want to.
Aug
13
comment Are there any software tools for the Mythic system?
I suspect that nobody has written Mythic-specific tools yet. But, to just automate the Fate table, you can use MS Excel to hold the table data and the rand() function to extract results from it. There are a lot of pages about using Excel to pick random table entries if you search.
Aug
13
revised When the rules bog you down, how do you see past them?
copyedit
Aug
13
comment In FATE, can action descriptions be revised after die rolls to apply aspects?
@wraith808 Okay, thanks! Though in hindsight this answer doesn't seem to be attracting much agreement, so it may very well be an idiosyncratic reading of the rules. I get the feeling that there are as many ways to play Fate as there are Fate play groups.