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May
23
comment Can the astrology helping die decrease the chance of success?
I know the calculation is fairly nasty - by ignoring some open-endedness I can get fairly nice estimates, but since I had to ignore the open-endedness, I achieved neither necessary nor sufficient bounds. That was all back-of-the-envelope calculations, though.
May
22
comment Can the astrology helping die decrease the chance of success?
@Daenyth: Give a scenario and calculate the probability of success and failure without help from astrology and with help from astrology, such that the probability of success without astrology is greater than with astrology. Alternatively, give a mathematical proof (or extensive numerical proof covering the usual cases) that in every scenario the astrology helping die actually improves one's odds.
May
9
comment Acting role vs Player personality
@SevenSidedDie I guessed so and consider it a slight pity, since it did not allow me to discover more rpg theory. I will not get involved in defining "academic", and do not use English as a native language, so the precise connotations of the word are lost on me.
May
9
comment Acting role vs Player personality
@SevenSidedDie Can you give some semi-academic or academic citations (e.g. Solmukohta books, international journal of roleplaying) for stance theory, or has it remained restricted to the Forge (diaspora), which I would be uncomfortable calling even semi-academic?
Apr
20
comment Do role-playing games have to be fun?
Hauska is pretty close to fun, as far as Finnish goes.
Apr
17
comment Can the astrology helping die decrease the chance of success?
Positive expected value does not, by itself, imply that the probability of getting a given result increases. For a silly example, suppose you roll d100: if the result is 100, +1000 successes; otherwise, -1 success. The expectation is positive, but most of the time that die would not be helpful.
Apr
13
comment I'm creating an original setting for D&D—where do I start?
Yes, the players have influenced the setting much.
Apr
13
comment I'm creating an original setting for D&D—where do I start?
A player can build their character around the setting, or the GM can build the setting around the player characters. Both approaches can work. (And there are other options.)
Apr
3
comment Can I test circles to find contacts in a briefly visited town/village?
Circles vs. streetwise thread settles the matter. Thanks.
Apr
3
comment How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?
The link does not work.
Mar
30
comment What to do when you end up duplicating another players character?
"7 strength can be explained because the character has little mental horsepower, or that the person CAN learn things, but is so absentminded that they frequently forget what they learn." That would be 7 intelligence, probably.
Mar
27
comment Where to find an adventure with a crashed spaceship
I get that, but it does not help with questions such as "What useful loot can you find in the lounge room of a space ship?", for example. Even in D&D-medieval setting common scifi tools constitute serious loot. Your approach does not help with them.
Mar
26
comment Where to find an adventure with a crashed spaceship
Can you point out a specific adventure that would be well suited for such conversion, and that would contain suitable scifi loot or something easy to convert to suitable scifi loot?
Mar
24
comment What kinds of player contributions work well and under what circumstances?
Are there mechanical rewards for completing these tasks?
Mar
23
comment What kinds of player contributions work well and under what circumstances?
@waxeagle 1. Curiosity. I want to better understand how these rewards influence the experience. 2. Note that I would tie most of them to fiction, in some way. 3. A gesture of gratitude for those who commit to the game and improve the play experience. 4. With some specific behaviour, the reward can give permission for players to do stuff they would not have thought of otherwise. (Give permission in a social sense.)
Mar
23
comment Are there any good paleolithic rpgs?
No, I have only mined it for design ideas .
Mar
23
comment What alternatives are there to replace orcs, kobolds, and hobgoblins in low-level encounters?
@BrianBallsun-Stanton: As user867 said, draw from sources that are not D&D. E.g. poetry such as goblin market, various mythologies and fairy tales.
Mar
22
comment Dealing with a problem player not playing to their character aspects
@Tetra Could you be more specific about the player's responses, and edit it into the main question? In particular, is he reluctant about changing the character, admitting the dissonance between aspects and play, or something else entirely?
Mar
22
comment Dealing with a problem player not playing to their character aspects
@Tetra Does the player realise that the aspects and his gameplay do not match, or does he think they do?
Mar
22
comment Where to find an adventure with a crashed spaceship
I know of it but find it ill-suited for my purposes, as it does not include enough detail and somehow feels wrong in this context. Thanks for the suggestion.