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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


Apr
9
comment How can I keep a King busy?
A note on mayors: a mayor is just a lord whose "land" is a city instead of a fief. The title may be elected, appointed, inherited, or anything else, and don't necessarily equal democracy. (I accidentally pasted that comment into the "edit description" line of the copyedit I did; ignore that.)
Apr
9
revised How can I keep a King busy?
A note on mayors: a mayor is just a lord whose "land" is a city instead of a fief. The title may be elected, appointed, inherited, or anything else, and don't *necessarily* equal democracy.
Apr
9
comment How can I keep a King busy?
I got to the second-last paragraph and was thinking "Somebody's been playing CKII...!" and then I read the last sentence. :) It is an excellent nobility decision-making simulator. "Mo' land, mo' problems."
Apr
9
revised How can I keep a King busy?
copyedit
Apr
9
comment Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?
@KRyan I think these answers have demonstrated the strength of SE: perceiving grains of truth and error in other answers galvanises the community to really dig in and get it right, and then present that well. :)
Apr
9
revised Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?
more specifically why I agree with the houserule's reasoning; note the ×1.5 str bonus; may not be necessary depending on motive
Apr
9
comment Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?
@KRyan Since all 2H weapons get that bonus, I assumed it went without saying that it applies. I'll note that.
Apr
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
9
answered Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?
Apr
9
revised How can I convince my D&D players to restart their characters?
version 1 said that the characters are from external groups, so restoring that very important datum
Apr
8
answered First Assassin Contract?
Apr
8
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How do Favored Classes work?
Apr
8
answered Is this how to hide?
Apr
8
revised Balancing Weapon/Armor in a varied group
this is a normal game switch, but there are alternatives
Apr
8
comment Balancing Weapon/Armor in a varied group
@aragaer Yes, exactly... In fact, that makes me realise there's a point I should mention.
Apr
8
awarded  fate
Apr
8
comment Balancing Weapon/Armor in a varied group
Remember that gear can be lost; it has no plot immunity without using a stunt to give it plot immunity.
Apr
8
answered Balancing Weapon/Armor in a varied group
Apr
8
comment Balancing Weapon/Armor in a varied group
Okay, but how is it fair to not make a sword behave like a sword, and armour behave like armour? Everyone started with the same Aspect and Refresh budget, and they could have allotted them to signature weapons/armour as well if they wanted to, right?
Apr
8
comment How can I plan, prepare, and enforce an episodic structure?
This sounds quite unlike the West Marches as described in the original posts—goals and encounters aren't the domain of the GM in a WM game and can't be pre-planned to fit the session. Further, WM used a fixed calendar and a stable of characters per player, so that if a group of PCs were still "in the wild" at the end of a session, they were stuck there until such a time as that same set of players arranged to play again to extract their PCs; and if they got "ahead" of other player groups in time, they had to wait until time "caught up". Those are possible motivators, but aren't mentioned here.