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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 (on hiatus) • Playing D&D 4eReading Designers & Dragons (2014) by Shannon Appelcline


Jul
6
comment How should I inform players about 'meta-objectives'?
Most players I know who need guidance about reputation mechanics in the first place will completely ignore that as simply local colour, and completely forget about it when the bar brawl turns fireballs-and-magic-swords deadly (as these things seem wont to do).
Jul
6
revised How should I inform players about 'meta-objectives'?
light copyedit; use "players" when talking about people at the table, "PCs" when it's their characters
Jul
6
revised How should I inform players about 'meta-objectives'?
format boxed text to break up the wall o' text a bit
Jul
5
revised How to make a dense, immersive horror atmosphere?
rearrange and reword to make the core problem (and assumed solution) clearer
Jul
5
comment Must my dungeon consist entirely of corridors?
@GMJoe Cool, that makes sense, and it's an eye-catching title.
Jul
5
comment Must my dungeon consist entirely of corridors?
@sergut Network policy is to not put tags in the title unless they are an integral part of the sentence that can't be removed grammatically. Besides, that's a good side effect! ACKS is a D&D system, so some few of those readers may become interested, get it, and become new ACKS experts.
Jul
5
comment Must my dungeon consist entirely of corridors?
Always awesome to see the designer sharing the thinking behind the design! Thank you.
Jul
4
comment Was a “divine wish” spell ever mentioned in any published game materials?
Ah! Actually, you underestimate the Internet. ;) Homebrew for AD&D was being shared on USENET before the web was popular. So it's entirely possible they saw a homebrew, and asking for officialness could be a red herring.
Jul
4
comment Must my dungeon consist entirely of corridors?
I think your intuition that it's absurd to conclude "dungeons only have corridors in this world" already answers this question. What is your real question? Is it "how do I assess the value of a reclaimed dungeon"?
Jul
4
revised What is a sci-fi system that would feel familiar to reluctant Pathfinder players?
bury shameful grammar and spelling mistakes under the back porch
Jul
4
comment What are some fun play-by-mail/email games?
It sounds like you don't actually have any strong requirements that need to be met with expert recommendations (that's what this site specialises in), you just need pointers to directories where you can poke around and see what catches your eye. Is that about right?
Jul
4
comment One-off simple game with little to no character creation?
Most groups' first games of Microscope go very silly, so you don't really have to try at all for a lighthearted tone! And they're digest-sized pages of comfortably-sized type, too. It's equivalent to 30 or 40 pages of a more standard letter-sized hardback RPG.
Jul
3
comment A game where death is permanent?
@Robert Yeah, that's what I'm getting at. Not everyone will agree with that analysis, but that's what votes are for! :)
Jul
3
revised Abuse: Is it fair if it's in-game?
fix link text to Same Page Tool
Jul
3
comment Abuse: Is it fair if it's in-game?
Agreed mostly, but very much disagree on the frying pan. GMs don't have to use player item-crafting rules to make magic items. (That said, that is a stupid and awful magic item to introduce into any game.)
Jul
3
revised Do Eidolons need proficiency feats to benefit from armor?
more descriptive title
Jul
3
revised Is there, in D&D 3.5, a standard/canonical ruling for skill in astronomy/knowledge(astronomy)?
added 257 characters in body
Jul
3
revised Is there, in D&D 3.5, a standard/canonical ruling for skill in astronomy/knowledge(astronomy)?
Time of year &c
Jul
3
comment A game where death is permanent?
@Robert 4e is quite different in this regard. It is "Combat as Sport" (google it), so its design goals, and the purpose of the resurrection options, are very different than in most other RPGs. (I don't personally like that about 4e, but I recognise it, and accept that 4e is its own beast.) Removing easy resurrection from 4e (as this answer suggests) would be as much a change as removing helmets and pads from American football.
Jul
3
comment One-off simple game with little to no character creation?
Unless you've personally pulled it off or seen it done, of course. That personal experience would certainly trump my theory-based objection.