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Sometimes someone will ask 'I find it painful when I gouge out my eye with a spoon. Does anyone have a less painful way of gouging out ones eye?' and I will answer 'Perhaps don't gouge out your eye?'

And I will be told I am off topic.

Or the horse will have left, and I'll mention catching method but...I'll be off topic because the topic is about closing the barn door.

Pro tip - all outside the box thinking will look off topic at first. It's just everyone assumes they aren't thinking inside a box (really it's boxes enclosing boxes enclosing boxes - you think outside of one only to be inside a larger box).


Aug
12
comment How do I make weather an important part of the game?
Not sure about the social contract level - in chess, you don't think the queen is powerful and important because you have a personal agreement to think that. It's just a powerful piece (in regards to end game). So you might think it's powerful - because it is. It's not always a matter of supporting a perception - sometimes the perception is real as something is indeed, at a mechanical level, very important.
Aug
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awarded  Supporter
Aug
12
answered How do I make weather an important part of the game?
Aug
12
comment How to help players settle down and focus?
-3? Or is it just an answer that goes against personal preferences?
Aug
12
comment When the rules bog you down, how do you see past them?
"suddenly everyone's much more comfortable operating outside the rules." I'm teetering on downvote, because it's not outside the rules, it's simply being proactive. Also you don't clarify whether you MIGHT say yes, or ALWAYS say yes if they say an action. Both ways of playing are possible, but the latter goes from mother may I straight to solo empowerment fantasy (and deserves to be noted as such).
Aug
12
answered When the rules bog you down, how do you see past them?
Aug
12
comment How are point totals for unknown enemies calculated?
Your asking for some sort of means of interpretation that somehow, by sheer dint of interpretive goodness, gets authority above the GM's? Okay, I think your off target/the idea of some special interpretation somehow resolving this is off target. Not gunna happen. "it's unclear what the rules say, and this post provides no advice for resolving that." There is no way to resolve it - it's simply a matter of who has authority over whom. Or you can treat your own certainty that there's definately some interpretive escape hatch as reason to treat my post as off topic. Don't be so sure.
Aug
9
comment How are point totals for unknown enemies calculated?
So it's B: He's ignoring the rules. You're supposed to know how many points you'll get. I mean, it's contradictory to begin with - you know nothing about the enemy? No, you do - you know you have an enemy. That's already knowing something. The cats already part way out of the bag. So how does B: miss the point as an answer?
Aug
9
answered How are point totals for unknown enemies calculated?
Aug
7
answered How to help players settle down and focus?
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awarded  Editor
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30
revised How do I get the PCs to visit scary places at night?
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Jul
30
answered How do I get the PCs to visit scary places at night?
Jul
29
awarded  Teacher
Jul
29
answered How do you keep the party on the map?
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29
answered How much plot guidance is too much?