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I approach tabletop RPGs as cooperative storytelling. Usually the game master, I tend to design elaborate world settings for my players to frolic in, and I love improvisational conversation scenes. The rare times I get to run a player character, I prefer to play grumpy old people and characters with unusual superstitions.

USEFUL/INTERESTING LINKS: The Same Page Tool; Making the Tough Decisions; Goblin dice; abstractions are leaky; customizable print-and-fold minis; Worldbuilding and the Okapi's Butt; Consequences as positive currency (Fate); Making Superman Truly Invulnerable (Fate Core); Rick Neal's essays (DFRPG); Level 1 Equivalent Damage (4e); Stalker0's Alternate Core Skill Challenge System (4e); No Such Thing as D&D.

You will often find me in the chat; come on by!

SYSTEMS: Currently diving into , and very excited about it. I'm most experienced in running and , but moved away from them recently. I've also dabbled in , , , Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple, and Stargate SG-1, among others.

I'm experimenting with game design, including a FAE hack about holy werewolves and a unique system inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

CURRENT GAMES: Running a series of mini-campaigns with a single player, including:

  • A game set in low-fantasy Ancient Egypt, about a subsistence hunter turned werecat priest of Bastet.
  • A game set in The City in the Thief video game franchise. I play a homeless shaman ex-P.I, and the player in the Egypt game is the GM.
  • A Core-modified game about a trickster changeling in a South Carolina college town where kids' toys are coming to life.
  • Hoping to run a Core version of SG-1 in which my single player controlling a whole SG team, without asking him to handle four different character sheets.

CHARACTER NOTE: Never short on Opinions and overambitious Ideas.

My avatar is "The Bookworm."


14h
comment How to implement multiclassing during character creation?
@AlexP, is there anything in this comment thread which can be rolled into your answer? Please flag for deletion once you've edited in whatever is useful.
2d
comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
Overuse of "keeping people honest" rolls can lead to ten-foot-pole paranoia, too.
Apr
17
comment Melee Egoist Build
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the about and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. It's nice to know that you're coming from a place of experience, and I imagine that the requested "set of things that would be essential for the character" is probably in this description, but it's buried in a lot of other less-essential bits. Could you please edit your answer so the focus is on the question's request for essential character elements? (I'm especially unclear on how your 2e conversion experience is useful to someone only working in Pathfinder.)
Apr
16
comment What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the about and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. In particular, Stack Exchange isn't a forum, it's a Q&A site, so each answer needs to be an independent solution to the specific question. When you've got some more rep, you'll be able to leave comments to help improve answers, too.
Apr
15
comment Is there an official rule set for for unstable magic in 3.5 edition?
Please take a look at the answers to this question and clarify in what way the answers you're looking for need to be different. (I'm not claiming it's a duplicate, but they share enough superficial overlap that looking at it may help you provide more detail on what you want.)
Apr
15
comment Is there an official rule set for for unstable magic in 3.5 edition?
House rule answers should adhere to the rules outlined in Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, be based on actual experience, and contain references and examples whenever possible.
Apr
13
comment Can GMs play as well as direct?
If an answer is only "maybe" relevant, let's just wait until we understand the scope of the question.
Apr
13
comment Can GMs play as well as direct?
@Flamma I know he's not asking about all the different ways it can work, but I specifically can't tell if he's asking about GMPCs, rotating the role of GM through the group for a single campaign, or if the GM of one campaign can participate in other campaigns as a player (and I'm sure there are other possible contexts which I'm not thinking of). I'm glad it's clear to you, but it's nontrivial to me and (apparently) at least four others. It shouldn't be too hard for him to edit the question with a little more detail, and we'd be happy to help him do so if necessary.
Apr
13
comment Can GMs play as well as direct?
I'm pretty sure the question is about GMPCs, not GMless systems, but it's unclear enough that if we answer before he clarifies the question a lot of the answers may wind up being non-answers.
Apr
13
comment How do slide, push and pull works for huge and gargantuan enemies?
Welcome to rpg.se! Could you please edit in a bit more detail about exactly what you're asking? Why do you think monks can or can't do this? Is it a monk-specific issue, or are you focusing on the size, and the class of the medium creature is irrelevant?
Apr
13
comment Can GMs play as well as direct?
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the about and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. Do you have a particular RPG system in mind? There are thousands of RPGs out there with any configuration of GM/player you can imagine (including no GM at all!), so in order for us to answer your question usefully we have to know more about your particular situation.
Apr
12
comment Essential Reading for New GM/DM
@Strategon, welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the about and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. As you can see, we've struggled with this kind of question before. Stack Exchange is a Q&A site, rather than a forum, and super-broad opinion-based questions like this don't really fit that format. However, if you can edit in more information about your particular situation and the things you're concerned about, it could turn into an awesome question with answers that will be actually useful. Until then, it'll probably be put on hold to avoid gathering non-useful answers.
Apr
12
comment Essential Reading for New GM/DM
@mxyzplk This one was closed as too opinion-based; this one as too broad; this one is about combat tactics; and this one might be a dupe but I'm not sure.
Apr
11
comment Recommended Tools and macros for Dark Heresy in Roll 20
Oh, it's not off-topic, the general theme is great! We just need to narrow it down a little. Right now you're asking for any resources that can help in running an online game; if we can get it to be about resources for running your online game, the answers will be more useful and less just random guessing until someone hits on what you're after. Until then, the question's on hold to avoid filling up with answers that turn out to be irrelevant to your needs.
Apr
11
comment Recommended Tools and macros for Dark Heresy in Roll 20
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the about and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. This question is really broad, with a TON of answers that would all be equally likely to help you, and Stack Exchange is designed to handle more specific questions. I don't know Warhammer well enough to help you narrow things down, but generally the thing to do is talk more about your specific situation, challenges, needs, and concerns.
Apr
8
comment When giving out magic item treasure, do I replace or supplement what characters have?
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the about and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. This answer would be improved by an edit addressing how this "realistic" approach to item distribution impacts play in the 4e system (which is very concerned about balance, operating on the assumption that characters be well-equipped with level- and character-appropriate items), perhaps with suggestions on how to deal with any challenges arising from the change.
Apr
7
comment How can I let one of my players secretly be a lot stronger than they know?
Welcome to rpg.se! I'm not sure this is appropriate as a full answer, but this question's answers feature a totally different approach to a similar power-imbalance situation. You might find it interesting or useful.
Apr
6
comment Why even bother with XP?
@highbandwidth I laud your diligence and self-awareness, and if there's an actual discussion (as opposed to a SE-compliant question) you'd like to have on the topic, the Role-playing Games Chat is always open.
Apr
6
comment Why even bother with XP?
While the situation is different from this question, I'm not sure how the answers to each question would be different. They're predicated on the same set of concerns. Could you clarify what you're looking for in answers to your question that aren't available in the existing answers to the other one?
Apr
5
comment How can I get Sharpie off my d6s?
Hmm. I've tried this with black Sharpie, but not with lighter colours.