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Jul
12
comment How effective are foreshadowing cutscenes that PCs would be unaware of?
You want the cutscene info to affect the decision what to do if you see the players as the author of the character (and therefore capable of exploiting the information for dramatically ironic effect) as opposed to seeing the character as the player's playing piece (so that any information they have, they use for in-game benefit only) or their sole POV on the world and/or the story (such that OOC information merely hinders the appreciation of that limited POV). That in turn is a game style issue :-)
Jul
12
comment How can I deal with players who don't consider the narrative?
The tool can be useful, but I don't think any of the questions in it will resolve this issue. For example, maybe your players want to be punished for their stupidity, but even if they select "fling their characters into tough situations and make hard, sometimes, unwise choices" and "doing the smartest thing ... isn’t even a concern or focus for this game" I don't think it proves that. So in this case I think the tool is a pointless distraction from discussing the issue you've already identified, but (like any game) you might be able to use it to identify other issues of a similar kind.
Jul
11
comment Is there a vampire/population ratio stated in the books?
@Flamma: so you can work out the exact ratio, on the counter-factual assumption that the GM won't invent any characters ;-)
Jul
11
comment Is there a vampire/population ratio stated in the books?
@Cristol.GdM: sure, if you count herds, ghouls, gypsies, street fighters etc. The Street Fighter RPG might technically not have been in WoD, though.
Jul
11
comment Is there a vampire/population ratio stated in the books?
For example Montreal has a population around 1.5M for the city, closer to 4M for the metro area. Presumably a bit less in 1996, when Montreal by Night was published. I'm going to go ahead and guess that if you add up the NPCs in the book, plus overhead for less important vampires not mentioned, plus the PC party, you get more than 80 :-) So yeah, the rulebook said approx 1:100k for Camarilla cities, but a usable cast list for a game rarely fits in that.
Jul
10
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Jul
10
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Jul
10
comment Does Rope Trick move relatively?
@ColinD: hey, never mind disappearing into the hole, a 16000lb load-bearing rope attached to a skyhook is a pretty handy tool ;-)
Jul
9
revised How to use a GMPC for the good of the campaign?
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Jul
9
answered How to use a GMPC for the good of the campaign?
Jul
9
comment What can I do when the GM dislikes my choices in play?
@user14978: if the DM wants to ban powers then he shouldn't necessarily have to make a complete list of what is banned (after all, he might miss something from the list and you're back where you started). What he should do is read your freaking character and ask for the changes before you start playing it.
Jul
8
comment What can I do when the GM dislikes my choices in play?
@KRyan: I have a principle when answering these "(is) someone else being unreasonable" questions, whether on RPG or workplace, that if I've only heard one side of the story it is near-certain that the other party is better than they look. Even given the questioner is reporting as honestly as they can, likely there is at least some element of misunderstanding. Please note that the two things I said were "fine" are quite specific (the existence in game of divine punishment, and having different styles of scene). I've described other aspects as not fine, starting with "being upset".
Jul
8
comment Are the Clerics of Pelor supposed to be celibate?
For what it's worth, there are plenty of real-word religions whose officiants aren't celibate, but who would preach against having FUN with some unknown woman who turns up in their hotel room. If not necessarily always practice what they preach ;-) So you need to check more than celibacy, also the religion's opinions of marriage. It might disapprove of casual sex, or just of being dumb enough to fall for what appears to me to be a classic case of robbery with bait.
Jul
8
revised What can I do when the GM dislikes my choices in play?
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Jul
8
revised What can I do when the GM dislikes my choices in play?
added 714 characters in body
Jul
8
answered What can I do when the GM dislikes my choices in play?
Jun
14
comment Dealing with players of vastly different skill levels?
I thought the same thing. D&D doesn't really compare with other forms of fiction that the player is probably familiar with. In many computer games which are quick to kill you, you don't actually die, just reload. In almost all TV/movies/books the main characters get away with all kinds of reckless stuff, because it's more fun to watch.
Jun
12
comment What is Cold Iron actually?
e.g the obvious guess: my keys don't stick to a magnet, and so presumably have negligible iron content.
Jun
12
comment What is Cold Iron actually?
"You could also try hitting one with your car, or using a staple gun" -- since you're listing fun examples, I recall a scene, I think from a Mercedes Lackey book, involving a desk fan and a handful of iron filings as a kind of anti-fairy flamethrower.
Jun
5
comment How do I foster enjoyment in the type of make-believe required in RPGs in a child who isn't old enough to play RPGs?
Given the examples I take it your favorite TV shows include Community ;-)