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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


Aug
9
comment Acting role vs Player personality
@mxyzplk I'm not sure I understand the objection; using OOC knowledge as part of the decision process is necessarily part of using author stance, so I don't understand what "blurring" you mean exactly. Certainly, lots of people object to using author stance at all, at least in part because it condones using OOC knowledge.
Aug
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
9
comment Are there any generic alternatives to Masterplan?
Export formats are still important. For gamers especially, we are loathe to have our notes locked up on someone else's servers. I made that mistake once, and never again.
Aug
9
comment Thaumaturgy prep in Dresden - can you make declarations with the same skill multiple times?
Yeah, DFRPG, and Fate in general, is very heavy on adjudication where story flow or world logic matters. The adjudication can be GM or group-based, but it's necessary either way because the rules as written are designed to be tools to use to make story and world work as you think is sensible, rather than being a complete program of steps to enforce story and world logic like some games are.
Aug
9
answered Thaumaturgy prep in Dresden - can you make declarations with the same skill multiple times?
Aug
9
comment Why do my players want to be superman in Dresden Files?
Yes, it's very easy to play Fate like one has played D&D before. I've seen players (and GMs!) do that, and it results in disappointing play, but not obviously broken-enough play to stop the behaviour via system feedback.
Aug
9
revised Why do my players want to be superman in Dresden Files?
ban by authority or ban by consensus, either way
Aug
9
comment Why do my players want to be superman in Dresden Files?
@MichaelBorgwardt That's a good point. Banning can be done by GM authority or group agreement, and both would work. I'll edit that.
Aug
9
answered Why do my players want to be superman in Dresden Files?
Aug
9
revised Are casting maneuvers an opposed roll or not?
remove inapplicable tag (refers to a d20 concept); more organic title
Aug
9
revised Melee Combat in Moldvay's D&D Basic
edited tags
Aug
9
comment Are casting maneuvers an opposed roll or not?
We already have a meta question about that, sorry, I should have linked it in the edit text: meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/1483/…
Aug
9
revised Are casting maneuvers an opposed roll or not?
code formatting doesn't mean emphasis, use emphasis formatting or nothing instead
Aug
8
comment Looking for a game that does not need anything but character sheets
In any case, I'm just explaining my downvote. Clearly we disagree, but now you know why the downvote is there.
Aug
8
comment Looking for a game that does not need anything but character sheets
I've played enough Microscope to know that playing it in a hospital bed when raising your arms is hard enough isn't going to be easy even pinning the cards to a board. The cards aren't simply memory aids, they're external memory and the play space: try playing it without the card--it doesn't work, there are too many to hold in memory. It's also necessary to see the board on other players' turns to properly appreciate/understand/participate in the unfolding history. The board would have to be over or projected over the player constantly for them to participate.
Aug
8
comment Looking for a game that does not need anything but character sheets
If the question were how to adapt Microscope to this situation, maybe, but it's about games that would work naturally. If we start answering with games that "could" work if changed, then every game ever becomes a possible answer and we don't accept questions that are so broad.
Aug
8
comment Where can I buy original edition and out-of-print roleplaying books and accessories?
@carto Oh, I see! That's ok then. I'm not sure that would get this reopened though, since it was closed on account of being a list question. (It was posted a long time ago, before list questions and CW were determined to be bad ideas.) If you want to discuss how/if this could be fixed to reopen it, I'd suggests making a meta question.
Aug
8
comment Where can I buy original edition and out-of-print roleplaying books and accessories?
@cartomancer Since it's community wiki people are welcome to edit it. I recommend not making up a problem that "I" have though, since it's simply not the case and that kind of theatre correlates with low-quality answers.
Aug
7
comment How do I run Paranoia for just one player?
@HandEFood More properly called Multiple Personality Disorder. Schizophrenia often features verbal hallucinations, but they're not multiple personalities.
Aug
7
comment Looking for a game that does not need anything but character sheets
I would anti-recommend Microscope (much as I love it), because it would be very hard to read a table full of index cards while lying on one's back in a hospital bed. It's a wonderful game, but not suited to this use.