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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 RuneQuest 6 GloranthaPlaying D&D 5eScheming Hillfolk RPGReading everything by C. J. Cherryh and King of Sartar by Greg Stafford


Aug
23
comment Does D&D 5e have a rule for character knowledge about monsters?
Nice, that makes the use of the skills much more organic.
Aug
23
comment How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?
@gatherer818 Could you revise this now that the game has been clarified?
Aug
23
comment How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?
It does sound like these are summoned skeletons. This corridor would have to be an incredible boneyard for this to be actually raising them.
Aug
23
comment How do I determine my character's maximum load?
@KRyan But given these questions…
Aug
23
revised How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?
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Aug
23
revised What explanation do the D&D devs have for designing spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?
edited title
Aug
23
comment How do I determine my character's maximum load?
Note: Learning how to play D&D from the SRD is a frustrating affair. It lacks all the "teaching" text, leaving only the rules and incomplete explanations of how to use them. You should really look into getting a copy of the PHB.
Aug
23
reviewed Leave Closed A good class to play when new to 5e and RPGs in general?
Aug
23
reviewed Leave Open Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size?
Aug
22
revised How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?
copyedit (especially the idiosyncratic edition names: use search-friendly ones instead); tags to suit subject
Aug
22
comment Existing solo DnD campaigns to use with a novice player?
Hi Drew. We do have a rule about shopping questions: answers must be based on experience. This rule was created because shopping answers used to become a long list of low-quality suggestions of personal favourites and "I think this might work". Have you used any of these for one-on-one play?
Aug
22
comment How to roleplay languages that none of the player characters know?
I think you mean "like we would never describe Chinese as…" since we're several decades past that being an acceptable stereotype.
Aug
22
answered Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size?
Aug
22
awarded  Guru
Aug
22
comment Roleplaying online without having to post in public
There is a hosted instance of Wave run by Rizzoma. My impression is that they mostly target a business market, but it is still available to anyone who wants to use it.
Aug
22
comment How do you handle distractions caused by small children?
Children also aren't equivalent at all to other distractions. Also from experience, a single persistent child can bring the game to a halt over and over again. There's a reason I don't host games anymore, not until she's old enough to play too or respect a "play somewhere else" without external enforcement.
Aug
22
comment How do you handle distractions caused by small children?
7 is a transitional age: still a lot of small child in them, but the beginnings of pre-teen wider awareness, and it's very individual. I give it about 50/50 whether they can play in an RPG with adults. Also, the other kids near in age may see such an invitation as unfair, since 5&6yos don't easily understand why they can't do adult stuff. (All from experience.)
Aug
21
comment Roleplaying online without having to post in public
@ThomasE. Those links aren't really exact answers, since they were specifically looking for real-time chat (the former) and virtual tabletops (the latter). (If they did answer this question, this would be closed as a duplicate. :) So they are related, but not necessarily helpful to everyone with your same question. Let's see what answers this question gets, since I imagine there are other sites that aren't chat/VTTs that could satisfy your request and wouldn't show up on those questions.
Aug
21
revised Roleplaying online without having to post in public
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Aug
21
comment Roleplaying online without having to post in public
Related: What software is available for virtual table tops?