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Jun
16
comment System for Setting: Joe Abercrombie's The First Law
I think Burning Wheel (or Riddle Of Steel, maybe, but it's out of print) is an excellent choice. I would strongly advise you to be aware that Luke Crane (author of BW) is in the process of publishing and releasing a revised (final?) edition of the game this summer (called Burning Wheel Gold). I suspect you'd be well advised to wait for that edition of the game, as it's liable to be as improved as the "Revised" edition was over "Classic". Pre-orders for the game will start at the end of June 2011, and Luke will be selling the game at GenCon 2011. Paizo is also taking orders for it now.
Jun
16
comment System for Setting: Joe Abercrombie's The First Law
System Does Matter, yes, but that phrase typically indicates that the game itself mechanically reinforces the game's theme. In this respect, it's hard to apply it to "I want to do this book or TV show, what system do I use?" The right answer there is probably figure out what the books are about, ask yourself if a game can be about the same thing, and then ask if there's a game already that's about that thing. Burning Wheel is a game about characters being heroes despite the odds, and most especially themselves. To me that sounds like a great fit.
Jun
16
accepted Do Laborers need tools to make tests, or do they get an extra die for having tools?
Jun
14
asked Do Laborers need tools to make tests, or do they get an extra die for having tools?
May
24
revised Overview of D&D retro-clones
Making publisher of MF and S&S explicit (and linkified S&S)
May
19
awarded  Enlightened
May
13
awarded  Nice Answer
May
13
comment Co-operative story-telling mechanics
@aramis You can thank me listening faithfully to "Sons of Kryos" and "The Durham Three" for encouraging me to think about fudging and improv technique a lot. Sadly, neither podcast is still going, but it's possible their historical archive is still available, and they're generally well worth listening to.
May
13
answered How is DriveThruRPG's Print on Demand Quality?
May
10
revised Co-operative story-telling mechanics
added 751 characters in body
May
10
answered Co-operative story-telling mechanics
May
4
comment Do Pathfinder elves sleep instead of trance?
Yes. You can choose what you like for your campaign. The magic rules descriptions of how to prepare spells for arcane and divine casters seem written specifically to side-step the issue completely. It doesn't seem to really matter, mechanically speaking, whether Elves sleep or not with respect to spell-casting. Make a call for your world, and be consistent is all that matters, I suspect.
May
4
answered Game of Thrones (D20/Tri-Stat) vs Song of Ice and Fire RPG: which has the most substantial setting information?
Apr
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
15
revised What are class skills in Pathfinder?
Added PFRPG to question title and question as different D20-based games treat class skills differently.
Apr
15
comment What are class skills in Pathfinder?
The story aspect implication of "class skills" are: these are the skills that your class background indicates you have an aptitude towards using. As a member of that heroic class, they're part of your schtick. Therefore, when you put ranks in those skills (you have spent time practicing that skill), your natural role in the ongoing story gives you a bump. As this is a flat plus, the bump pays off much more in the early stage of your character's career than it does later.
Apr
6
comment Are there any tools for creating a campaign from scratch?
The only disadvantage to Evernote is that it's a cloud-hosted app. This is also an advantage. Since you'd like to link to DDI while you're using it, that might not be such a disadvantage for you. For locally hosted tools, you might want to look at similar recordkeeping/notebooking desktop apps. I can personally recommend Scrivener (writing tool) and DevonThink (info database tool) for collecting bits and pieces of various sorts (written, images, links) and gluing them all together, but they're more Mac-centric; others may have PC- or Linux-based recommendations.
Apr
5
awarded  Critic
Mar
22
answered Non-heroic Post-apocalyptic systems
Mar
18
comment RPG system based on Diablo?
I agree that the powers aren't precisely treed like Diablo -- however, they are treed in two respects: they're treed by level in that most powers are not selectable until you meet the level requirements; they're also subtly treed by sometimes having harmonic effects (i.e. one power lets you do 'x', and then another power works more effectively against targets that have had 'x' done to them).