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May
21
comment How do I read 2d10 as a percentage?
@GMJoe: we just forbid people to roll identical d10s together as a d100. If you can't find two different, then roll them one at a time. Saves getting the set square out to adjudicate close cases.
May
20
comment How can I check whether an extremely adult/mature plot idea would be accepted by players without revealing any details of the idea itself?
@Pulsehead: sure, I think if you're going to use the device then lines should be applied absolutely. It's just not always obvious to people what this entails. Never mind sending you to Chicago, if lines had been established in the first place then there wouldn't even have been bugs there at all (or he would have advised you not to play).
May
19
comment How can I check whether an extremely adult/mature plot idea would be accepted by players without revealing any details of the idea itself?
Applied to the example of Shadowrun Chicago, the difference is between your line being "[my character has to go to] Chicago" and your line being "Chicago [is referenced in this game as being like canon Chicago]".
May
19
comment How can I check whether an extremely adult/mature plot idea would be accepted by players without revealing any details of the idea itself?
Also be aware there are two different ways to a define a "line": won't happen to you or is no part of the game at all. By the former interpretation, applied to rape, no PC will be be involved in or witness it, and you'd normally extend that to named characters and so on. In the latter interpretation, the subject will not come up at all in any way. Perhaps the crime occurs in the game world and perhaps it doesn't, but we'll never know canonically, because it won't be discussed. No NPC crime to investigate, no idle threats made by skuzzy bikers, no background news, no gamer talking smack online.
May
19
comment How to end a game session smoothly
"the montage you get while the credits roll" -- although in practice for modern TV shows the credit roll looks like, "next week on Our Show... clip/clip/clip. Coming up next on America's Most-Played-RPG, 60 minutes talking nonsense while the two of us who don't have to get up early finish the beer". Production company logo. Cut to commercial. I've never tried that at the end of a session, but it would certainly establish that it's over ;-)
May
19
revised How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?
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May
19
revised How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?
added 410 characters in body
May
19
answered How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?
May
16
comment Role playing a character that speaks in rhyme, and making it work well
Also note that remarks about whether things rhyme or not are inherently meta if you're following the common convention that your in-game language is rendered as English but isn't really English. Who says there's no rhyme for "orange" in Common? Of course the same applies to puns, and most authors and roleplayers don't worry about this, but for example J.R.R. Tolkien and Umberto Eco have both written in detail on the subject of translations in/of their work.
May
16
revised What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?
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May
15
comment What options does my player have for seeing in the dark?
Not to mention the humorous ambushes planned by other races who see in the dark, because the one doofus who needs a torch gives you away a mile off. Or anyway, around one corner. It's the visual equivalent of a party containing three ninjas and a one-man band.
May
15
revised What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?
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May
15
revised What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?
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May
15
answered What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?
May
15
comment What options does my player have for seeing in the dark?
"why they forwent the +1 to all attributes" -- because pointy ears = awesome.
May
15
comment What options does my player have for seeing in the dark?
I also like this because if the human's problem with darkness doesn't have consequences, then the Drow is going to feel like in fairness their problem with sunlight shouldn't have consequences. In which case, why do the rules list racial disadvantages like "can't see in the dark" at all? ;-) Of course it's perfectly reasonable for the consequence to be for the human to hunt high and low for any of the permanent solutions in Josh's answer, but in the mean time they have to live with it as in this answer!
May
11
comment What are the legal/ethical considerations of republishing old adventures for new editions?
It could in theory make a difference if the rights in the work revert to the author once the material is out of print. This is common for short stories published in (e.g.) SF magazines, but I don't know the situation for RPG material in early White Dwarf. I'd be surprised if later White Dwarf articles (for WFRP) ever revert to the authors, since that was a core GW property and I'd expect them to own the copyright as work-for-hire. Anyway, you could perhaps try to contact some of the authors to see if they have any idea what the status is. The difference is merely who you talk to.
May
9
awarded  Yearling
May
1
revised Should the DM allow characters an equal opportunity to flee or avoid an encounter?
added 157 characters in body
May
1
answered Should the DM allow characters an equal opportunity to flee or avoid an encounter?