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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


Jun
22
comment Magical Effects of Herbs
@gomad The ingredients, yes, the effects no. Elder Scrolls ingredients' alchemical properties are pretty much a matter of game balance, even to the point of changing between games. They're not based on any real-world beliefs. However, they do make for a useful, ready-made list of effects.
Jun
22
comment How do I learn to do accents?
The most pronounced differences between accents is actually in the vowels. Listening to how the vowels are sounded can make for a much more authentic accent reproduction than the common consonant replacements.
Jun
22
comment Magical Effects of Herbs
Nice website find!
Jun
21
revised What tools are useful to organize a GM's campaign notes?
fix links
Jun
21
comment What's the advantage to kicking instead of punching?
@MaurycyZarzycki That would make sense. Page 78 seems to imply so, but fails to list kicks explicitly. If there's no other advantage, that's worth turning into an answer.
Jun
21
revised Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?
elucidate via commentary
Jun
21
revised Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?
link, copyedit
Jun
21
revised Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?
copyedit
Jun
21
revised Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?
superscript
Jun
21
asked What's the advantage to kicking instead of punching?
Jun
21
comment Sneaking up on sleeping giants
I'd still limit the rolling to when they're committed to a risky action, to find out whether they've chosen their risks poorly and woken them.
Jun
21
comment Sneaking up on sleeping giants
I'd say sneaking up on sleeping foes is an automatic success for someone with the skill. Trying to do something potentially risky is when I'd have them roll—such as handling clinky coins without taking clever precautions to muffle them.
Jun
21
comment What could be the levels of the Archendale mounted militia?
@VamsiMizzrym Yes and that does explain the question, but it remains that we're unlikely to be able to answer the question, as it is premised on an interpretation of text that likely isn't supported elsewhere in FR canon.
Jun
21
comment What are the consequences of the new (5 choice) alignment system in 4e versus the (9 choice) system of earlier editions?
Note that the Law-Chaos axis wasn't well written up because the D&D manuals were not considered the primary sources for their definition; readers were assumed to be well familiar with Moorcock.
Jun
20
comment Magical Effects of Herbs
There is a list of herbs and their reputed non-magical uses in an appendix of the AD&D 1e DMG. Useful for some inspiration, but too focused on mundanely folk-remedy uses to give much guidance for the sort of magical uses I'd want in a fantasy game.
Jun
20
comment Does anyone have any templates for Scrivener?
@gomad Cross-compatibility problems are due to Scrivener relying heavily on the Mac platform's high-level RTF widgets and libraries, which are non-existent on Windows. The Windows version has to have those parts rewritten from scratch, as well as attempt to replicate the Mac OS libraries' storage behaviors.
Jun
20
comment Encouraging use of online roleplaying aids
I'm conflicted about this answer. On the one hand, that's some useful information for setting up online resources. On the other, they're completely off-topic for the question and my editorial reflex is to go in and delete all but the last paragraph. Would you consider removing those paragraphs and using them to answer another question, such as What tools are useful to organize a GM's campaign notes?, or asking-and-answering a new question about collaboration resources?
Jun
20
revised Suggested System/Mechanics/Setting Choices for X-Files/Fringe Inspired Game?
minor copyedits, formatting for readability
Jun
20
revised How do I record a session?
rephrase it to show that I've actually done this, not just guessing it'd work
Jun
20
comment RPG designed for irregular players/gaming?
Currently doing this with Basic D&D, and it's working fabulously to accommodate changing player sets each week.