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Apr
9
comment Do critical failures always act as event triggers?
Rolemaster has fumble tables. The book "Arms Law" contains both critical hit and fumble tables (BTW, some of these are absolutely hilarious), and there are instructions on how to convert for D&D and other D20 systems. So while that is system specific, to blanketly state "d20 System doesn't have fumble" is not quite correct.
Apr
9
comment What are the long term consequences of adding new negative quality during play
If you haven't seen BTVS, another good treatment is the detective Robert Goren on Law&Order: Criminal Intent, played by Vincent D'Onofrio. The gradual eroding of a borderline personality is done masterfully by D'Onofrio. Each season he gets just a little more edgier until all of a sudden you realize "Wow, what a messed up whackjob!"
Apr
9
comment What are the long term consequences of adding new negative quality during play
I also don't know the rules so I won't give it as an answer, but you could always use it as the basis for other story arcs/complications. One of the better ones I've seen on television in recent years was Joss Whedon's handling of the character Willow on Buffy:TVS. She slowly descended into the lure of magic, doing more and more morally questionable things, until a redemption arc in season 6 where she played "the big bad" of the season. There's nothing wrong with a little descent into grit, as long as you eventually give them an out.
Apr
9
comment The Mysteries of AD&D 1e Initiative
dragonsfoot.org/php4/… - It's a 20 page read (with the citations), but every post I've found similar to yours has this included somewhere in the first answers.
Feb
13
comment GM burn-out concerning worlds and systems
Why not design your own world/political system? If you're burned out on all the traditional ones, create your own. I'm sure you've thought over the years "If that was MY world I would have..."
Jul
22
comment How can I fool my players into being pawns for the villain?
How to do it? Lie to them. However, also give them an out somewhere along the line to either discover the deception, opt out at the ultimate moment, or atone once they discover it.
Jun
28
comment Can I *create* a PC with a template?
@acolyte - I think they are saying that they are running a strict RAW game (No home rules, no DragMag stuff), and he wants to know about his PC concept.
Jun
27
comment What's a good random dungeon generator for D&D 3.5?
I don't remember the 3.5 DMG that specifically, but IIRC the 2ed DMG had a way to randomly generate dungeons via dice rolls.
Jun
22
comment What is the best RPG system for realistic combat?
Tiny crits were almost worse than high damage crits. Hated them.
Jun
20
comment Is it possible to get your animal companion killed?
@sevensideddie - How would you deal with a Ranger/Druid that is habitually killing off their animal companion in one fashion or another?
Jun
20
comment Classroom RPG for kids
Hrm, I hadn't remembered it as being that math heavy, but it's been a few years since I played it. Should I let it stand, or delete the answer? I'm ok with either.
Jun
19
comment How to legally trap a character under a rock, underwater
@EricB - Buried is...well, buried. As far as complications underwater, you can only hold your breath for so long, then you drown. Look up the rules on drowning.
Jun
17
comment What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?
To some extent, yes. If you have an overly generous treasure scale, then PC's end up with so much extra gold they can buy magical items that completely unbalance the game, such as level 5 characters with +5 Plate Mail of undead control, and you have to have massively overpowered encounters to compensate, etc etc.
Jun
12
comment How much of a large's creature's space must be above a pit before they fall?
Thanks for the explanation, I grok now.
Jun
12
comment How much of a large's creature's space must be above a pit before they fall?
Curious - Why is it "proper design" to not allow them to fall in any pits? I would think that would be a legitimate tactic in a fight, maneuvering enemies into natural formations to either trap/kill them.
May
21
comment In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?
One aside-I'd love to know how you got swindled out of a kingdom.
May
21
comment In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?
Also, the Belgariad and Mallorean (David Eddings) both deal with a king that has to go off questing a couple of times, and see his thinly disguised ripoff of his own works, The Elenium and Tamuli series.
Jul
24
comment Middle age transportation by river questions
No, most of them all referenced sea travel. I couldn't find anything on river. I thought there might be some river travel reference in the Smith's journals (Such as landed here, took boats upriver to X), but I haven't had time to read them. The viking ship link did have some references to river travel (I think in the secondary link from it), but nothing specific IIRC.
Jul
13
comment How to transform a tragic hero into a villain?
Yep. All you need is that one little first impetus, and the rest can just build from there.
Jul
13
comment What's the advantage to kicking instead of punching?
@SevenSidedDie - No problem. That's just the only thing that I could find when researching it.