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comment Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?
If you do this you should of course award equal or greater XP if the players can contrive a means to have just as much fun without spending anything. But I suppose that's the same as "award extra XP if the player does want to roleplay" :-)
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comment Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?
Or look at the original WFRP, which (in a supplement) had extensive rules for social class, subdivisions within classes, the cost of maintaining yourself at a particular class, and the effects on Fellowship and Leadership rolls of differing social classes between the participants. I can't remember what happened if you "really were" higher class but only paid for lower, but if it were up to me now you'd take the least advantageous of the two possibilities in all circumstances, since poor people would despise you as a toff but not respect your authority, and rich people would just despise you!
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comment Overcoming setting complexity paralysis as a GM
@SevenSidedDie: well, I think the underlying goal is to start running the game shortly after deciding you like it. "Read through it quickly" is the way the questioner tries to achieve this rather than the goal itself, but still, it's the part I think the questioner has to let go of in order to respect thousands of pages of canon ;-)
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comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
@GMNoob: if it were a court of law then perhaps that numpty interpretation would be rejected from consideration on the basis that equally clearly, extra free hands "can't" stop you doing something, that there are things stated as "requiring two free hands" that it cannot plausibly be the intent of the rules to prevent three-handed races from doing, and maybe some other reasons it's stupid. Personally I do read that "at least one" as a redundant quantifier rather than an indication that it varies by spell, I just don't know why that's my impression.
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comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
@GMNoob: If it said that, then some numpty would say "no, you can't cast it, it says you must have free use of one hand and you have free use of two. If it meant "at least one" then it would have said "at least one"". I'm not saying those people are right, I'm saying you can't win them all and so awkward or redundant wordings do creep in. One unambiguous to say what you want is "the caster must have free use of at least as many hands as are used in the gestures. This number may vary by spell, and is one if not specified".
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answered Overcoming setting complexity paralysis as a GM
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comment Does a character with 10 Constitution only need to eat every 4 days?
From the POV of "historical accuracy" of a fantasy medieval setting, it's not unheard of for people to rarely or never bathe as we think of bathing. Myths abound, but for example in Tudor England bathing was considered unhealthy and done "as necessary" on a frequency of months rather than days. People smelled, that's how it was. Change and wash clothes, though, yes. So it's really a question of how clean and tidy you like your fantasy setting to be. If you want your characters to not really notice or care that each other stink, get on with it, it's not implausible ;-)
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comment Does a character with 10 Constitution only need to eat every 4 days?
Personally, I start to feel a little dizzy and weaker after 12 hours or so (time spent asleep counts for less), but then I'm kind of tubby and used to frequent meals. I doubt that many athletes or martial artists would consider themselves on top form after eating nothing for 72 hours, but of course real life is more granular than the game, so "not on top form in real life" needn't imply any in-game penalty.
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comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
I recall a house rule from childhood, that gish could cast burning hands one-handed, with the thumb and finger creating the angle rather than the two fingers on separate hands. The notion of having to put your sword down to cast that one spell was just too ridiculous to contemplate, fighter-wizards are supposed to be cool. Don't know about you, but I can reach to 180 degrees that way, so with the house rule under our belts we just got on with it.
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comment Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size?
"For example, in a hazardous situation, you know that if you let the player die, it's all over. There is no one else." -- a problem that Planescape:Torment solved in the most direct way imaginable (and then threw in some NPCs too for colour) ;-)
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comment New to Tabletops. Have kids. How do you handle distractions?
I think people here are more likely to know what kids are (and have experience of them) than people on Parenting are to know what RPGs are (and have experience of them). So to get an answer specifically relating children's interruptions to RPGs (as opposed to leisure activities in general) this is surely the best place to be. If advice that would apply to any activity is fine (such as "get a babysitter", or "lock the brats in the basement for the duration", or "your life is not your own: wait until they're old enough to join in"), remove RPGs from the question and ask on Parenting :-)
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comment How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?
@AllenGould: it's not clear that they're even playing what you'd recognise as a homebrew. It might be that the group (as opposed to the DM) is just shouting whatever it feels like as it goes along, and low-level bullying this player and the DM into following their whims. They want to see the diplomacy RPed on this occasion, so they say it has to be RPed and expect the DM to back them up. Which I suppose you could claim is a basis for a homebrew game, but I doubt it's codified to be that way ;-)
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