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answered Must my dungeon consist entirely of corridors?
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answered What were the driving factors in the falling out between Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax?
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comment How does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder?
Real soon now! If you pre-order it through Game Salute you can get a download link for a PDF that isn't indexed and formatted for screens rather than book-binding; I hope it won't take much more than a week or two to make this into a final PDF version. Hardcover will be about two months after that, but if you email me at tavis@autarch.co I'll slip you the Word file so you can get started right away.
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answered How does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder?
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answered Are there any groups that use role-play games as performance art?
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asked Fantasy adventure modules with naval adventuring
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comment How do you switch from parenting-mode to GM-mode?
My eight-year-old son prefers to GM when we play, because that way he gets the narrative power in the game to counterbalance my authority as parent and knower-of-the-rules, and in the afterschool class I teach for kids 8-12 everyone takes a turn as GM. It can be helpful to have some guidelines, like the random dungeon generation system in the '81 Moldvay D&D Basic, CR in 3E, or the encounter design budgets in 4E - but if kids want to make an impossibly lethal dungeon (and they will) that's a learning experience too!
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comment How can the GM go diceless in classic D&D?
Delta has said that showing players the random encounter charts generates a lot of excitement - deltasdnd.blogspot.com/2010/04/corsairs-of-medero.html - and I often present these as "scouting checks" where the players roll to see if they spot the wandering monster. But I agree that the change between TSR D&D, where the victim rolls the saving throw, and 4E where the spellcaster rolls to hit, has a big psychological impact that really alters the "classic" feel for me.
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answered How can I encourage my D&D Encounters group to do more role playing?
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