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comment How much does a corpse cost?
Even without debating the value of the life lost (after all, we don't say that a hamburger is priceless and that's just a small part of one or more corpses): the cost of a human corpse could be house-ruled according to the scarcity of human corpses that nobody is planning to bury/cremate/whatever, and whether or not it's even legal to trade in them. A price greater than 1GP would seem pretty reasonable unless perhaps there's a battle or a plague going on, in which case the supply skyrockets and frankly you can be paid to take them away.
Apr
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comment Why do some things cost Willpower and others Blood Points?
Cool. I'll leave the comment anyway, because I think it's significant to the question that there are a few odd abilities where it probably could have gone either way, and so in those cases if the distinction isn't arbitrary then the reasons behind it are certainly quite subtle. Basically there are some vampiric abilities (and rituals) that are spiritually draining for whatever reason.
Apr
28
comment Why do some things cost Willpower and others Blood Points?
"Vampires in V:TM use blood to fuel all of their supernatural abilities" -- however Chimerstry costs WP even at level 1 in 1st and 2nd editions (don't remember Revised and I haven't seen 20th). So do quite a few of the silly-high-level powers. It's not entirely clear whether this is solely because that discipline calls for more inner drive and competence than other disciplines, or whether it's basically an attempt at game balance.
Apr
21
comment How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the “rules-lawyer” card?
... I mean, these are all fine suggestions for DM who wants to play by a fixed set of rules but is having difficulty doing so without help, but this is a DM who says "you're taking the fun out of this game" and "doesn't want the game to get bogged down by rules". So adding more rules and calling out the DM when you think he isn't following either the RAW or his own previous house rulings, is certain to continue taking the fun out of the game. The fact that he shouldn't have advertised his game as DND 4e is IMO a petty point to score at this cost.
Apr
21
comment How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the “rules-lawyer” card?
"Ask for a social contract", "Record each house-ruling", "Make sure that he applies these rules consistently", "you can call the DM not just on using house rules". If this is what you're going to do if you stay then I definitely agree with your advice to leave, because this stuff is only going to annoy the DM further, and provide further proof that you're not willing to play the game he's running. Spending a lot of time in a game that's not fun for you, making it not-fun for the DM too, just to prove that he's mislabelled his game as DnD 4e but is breaking the rules, would just be spite.
Apr
18
comment How should I deal with metagaming?
@KendelVentonda: if they absolutely will not play the game in the way that it's designed to be played and which the GM and the established players play it, then eventually you run out of social costs which you're willing to apply. If that point is reached you chuck them out of the game. You're playing touch football in the park and one of the players refuses to stop tackling, then you refuse to play with them.
Apr
18
comment How should I deal with metagaming?
"Some people in your group have made it clear they don't want a game with that attitude" -- I'm not sure they've even done that. They're playing the game that's been put in front of them, and in that game you can pay a certain amount of XP to break the in-game reality to your advantage. I still agree about the solution, but it's worth approaching the discussion bearing in mind you might not even need to deal with conflicting goals. It seems paradoxical, but offer them a game in which they can't pay to do this and just say it's not allowed, they might stop wanting to do it.
Apr
18
comment How to explain to a new player that metagaming is encouraged in this group
"Makes us replay moves that shouldn't have been allowed" is a strange game dynamic to me. Don't give one player, especially the newest to the group, the authority to veto and re-run actions they disapprove of. Of course that doesn't solve the problem, you still need a way to explain your playstyle to the new player, but it changes the consequences of the clash.
Apr
18
comment How to explain to a new player that metagaming is encouraged in this group
Maybe it's so obvious as to go without saying, but the "might involve" list could include that it might involve the serious player quitting the game on grounds that they have no interest in playing that way. They probably really hate Deadpool ;-)
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comment How to deal with a player who “jumps the gun” with premature rules-lawyering?
@DanHenderson: yes, and furthermore "I only use RAW" means, "if I make a mistake I'll fix it", but not "I want the game to focus on you guys checking my work for mistakes"! Whether you want extended rules arguments at the table is a whole separate decision from whether you want to play by RAW :-)
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revised Two players are leaving, and there are conflicting desires for what to do with their PCs. How do I make everyone happy?
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