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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
23
comment Which D&D modules are the classics?
@migo -- I'm not sure that any of these is easily replayable; while I've run every one of these several times, I'm not sure that there was any duplication of players in these groups.
Mar
23
comment Which D&D modules are the classics?
@FRandall -- there was a re-do of the Ux modules available on the internet somewhere for 3rd ed, but I'm not sure about the originals.
Mar
22
answered Non-heroic Post-apocalyptic systems