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Roleplayer, lapsed blogger, and full-time dad.

Have been playing and GMing D&Ds from B/X to D&D 5e. Becoming a fan of indie games and the OSR in the mid 2000s expanded my horizons for both trad and indie games. 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 5eScheming Hillfolk RPG and RuneQuest 6 GloranthaReading everything by C. J. Cherryh and King of Sartar by Greg Stafford


Jul
28
comment How should I handle gang casualties in Apocalypse World?
Gang size is tracked (mechanically) as part of the character, so this feels like an answer that is unfamiliar with Apocalypse World.
Jul
28
answered How should I handle gang casualties in Apocalypse World?
Jul
28
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
28
comment Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?
@Ardavion Few game systems actually have strict roles that must not be duplicated. Since this question isn't specifically about one of the few games that do, it's probably better to assume that it isn't.
Jul
28
comment Looking for solo (one person) RPGs - do they exist?
The link to the thread in question: Rory's Story Cubes. (@Keoma)
Jul
28
comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
@user15299 The problem is that the definition of "RPG" is merely conventional, meaning that it means only what people say it means as a matter of convention and general agreement. There's no evidence you can find that's separate from people's opinions on what the word "should" mean and include. There might be reasoned arguments, but they can't be logical and based on external evidence, they would necessarily be persuasion-based arguments based on sense and feeling.
Jul
28
comment Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in pre-CoC D&D?
Rather than being a bibliography of appearances, this is a PDF compilation of scans of the appearances themselves (Dragon articles and Deities & Demigods pages), reproduced apparently without permission or license. Summarising the table of contents would be a good answer, but linking to the PDF has piracy issues. I'm unsure whether this post should be left or deleted.
Jul
28
revised What are Ketephys' subdomains?
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Jul
27
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
27
comment How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting?
"How do I design and run [every kind of game activity except one]" is much too broad. Even picking just one play activity and asking "how?" is pretty broad, but would be much better.
Jul
26
revised Can a Synthesist Summoner with a multi-armed eidolon get the multiweapon fighting monster feat?
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Jul
26
revised How can I make puzzles a challenge for the character, rather than the player?
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Jul
26
comment How do I analyze and improve myself as a GM?
Yeah. Self-analysis mid-game is hard to impossible. It's all about the post-mortems.
Jul
26
comment How do I analyze and improve myself as a GM?
What about the self-analysis techniques the question is about? We have lots of questions about GMing best-practices that this isn't a duplicate of.
Jul
25
comment Which splatbook describes horse breeds in the Forgotten Realms?
Wow, that's a super-obscure location for something that would be widely-known by people in the setting.
Jul
25
revised How can I justify complete failure of an elven village's magic as a plot point?
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Jul
25
comment Are there any RPGs that realistically prioritize speed and reach in melee?
@GMNoob It's not assumption of any size. That's based on observations by the network devs, and the many failed experiments and subsequent bans across the SE network. Here we have a carefully negotiated and re-negotiated compromise that we'd really like to stick to so we don't have to ban recommendations like the others have.
Jul
25
revised How can I justify complete failure of an elven village's magic as a plot point?
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Jul
25
revised How can I justify complete failure of an elven village's magic as a plot point?
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Jul
25
comment How can I justify complete failure of an elven village's magic as a plot point?
Keep in mind that as DM, you create the world, including previous-unknown magical effects with it. You're not limited to the PHB spells and DMG magic items. You've got some good answers to that effect below already, but it's worth underlining that point, in case it's giving you cognitive dissonance: you get to make new things up.