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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 The Guide to Glorantha


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comment How can a DM brighten the mood?
Have you talked to the players about this? I'm concerned that you may not have enough information about their problem with the events/game for us to help you help them.
1h
comment What's a good printing/publishing service for tabletop RPGs?
You've mentioned digital logistics concerns, but have you thought about the physical logistics? I.e., do you have somewhere to warehouse pallets of books for months and years? Yes/no to that makes a significant impact on the kinds of answers that are useful, as you may need a fulfillment service as well either from a second company or from the printer.
2h
comment Mundane Saving Throws
@Mike It is a matter of playstyle, yes. (In many playstyles, letting players forget is not punishment, it's making them responsible for their own business. It doesn't work in plotted campaign where it could be blocking, but does work in sandboxes because they're inherently non-blocking.)
14h
comment Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?
Yes, but that doesn't work. You have to trigger drinking the potion off something else, not off your own action next round.
19h
comment Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?
A readied can't be used to stack actions like this though. In your second example, once you're drinking the potion, your readied action from last turn with the trigger "when I drink a potion" can't be triggered, because it expired when this turn started. Similarly with stacking two spell castings together: the readied action can't be triggered by your own action next turn, because it's already wasted by then.
19h
comment What spells other than remove curse can cancel a Cursed Blade? Any level please, any spell caster type
So, you're not actually looking for a spell, you're asking if your DM is wrong?
21h
comment Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?
@LeesusFreak "Is PC X's activity perceivable?" [Yes]→"Yes Y can." [No]→"No Y can't."
22h
comment Mundane Saving Throws
@waxeagle "Save versus player forgetfulness leaking into the PC" and "save to maintain composure" are both reactive/passive. The first is, at best, metagame-y. You could phrase it as "check to remember", but the circumstance is not the PC trying to remember, it's that the player has forgotten but reasonably expecting that the PC wouldn't have also forgotten in the first place.
23h
comment What spells other than remove curse can cancel a Cursed Blade? Any level please, any spell caster type
I don't understand what these sentences in the middle mean, could you clarify? "A creature we attacked with a cursed blade immediately healed without the cursed effect so could not cast remove curse in a players initiative turn. […] Other things happened like healing so remove curse could not be part of this contingency."
1d
comment What character creation method did Gary Gygax prefer?
Do you mean, known character creation methods and preferences apart from those he recommends in the DMG (p. 11)?
1d
comment Can Prehensile Hair perform combat maneuvers?
I said it's related, I didn't say it's an answer. Adding "related" questions is mostly of benefit to others who arrive here from searches but find it's not exactly what they're looking for.
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comment Can Prehensile Hair perform combat maneuvers?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/25717/…
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comment What do I need to consider running an open table dungeon crawl at a multi-day convention?
Have you run many megadungeons in non-con situations?
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comment How can i change the outcome of history-charged events in ASoIaF RPG?
@Sardathrion Yes, I know. That's why holding off on super-broad questions is better, even when they're still open. They will not survive the votes to close. You saw it heading toward closure, "going against the flow." Now the question is dead.
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comment Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?
@NeilSlater If people are answering with knee-jerk reactions to "GM has a PC", I think it's on them to read more carefully before answering, rather than expunging that from the question.
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comment Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?
@Ellesedil Often it's more important to stop breaking the game than it is to worry about believable. If the game stops because it's not working, it's small consolation that the deceased game was an ounce more believable. This is the same problem with "my guy syndrome."
2d
comment Suggestions for cheap/free game systems with low math and an expansive item list
A point on Druids: it's a very common misunderstanding that their animal moves require mechanics. They actually don't, they just do literally what they say + require spending 1 hold. So the whole move is rend their armor, no on-the-fly mechanical homebrew involved. (In fact, mechanising Druid-animal moves on the fly causes problems.)
2d
comment Should a GM seek to share costs?
This is a social issue not really about RPGs, just sparked by an RPG: Replace everything in the question about RPGs with stuff about golfing or cocktail parties or a LAN-party club, and the fundamental problem is unchanged. On top of that, its answers will necessarily be primarily opinion-based.
2d
comment RPG With Character Moral Growth and Corruption?
@psr Yes, but you have to get people to read it first. Saying that it's not what the OP thinks is a contextual hook that brings a reader in, while ignoring the context of "not Pendragon please" invites readers to skip past the answer.
2d
comment Is a Archaic Weapon Specialist as melee viable in a D20 modern campaign?
It would help, very much, if you defined your requirements to qualify as "viable". That word gets tossed around a lot as if everyone knows what they mean by it, but everyone's requirements are different, and nobody seems to mean the literal definition of viable (merely "capable of existing", a very low bar!).