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I approach tabletop RPGs as cooperative storytelling; I love improvisational conversation scenes. Usually the game master, I tend to design elaborate world settings for my players to frolic in, but that habit is changing recently as my group's needs evolve. I like playing grumpy old folk and characters with unusual superstitions, and I'm very interested in the way environment (both at the table and in the game world) influences play.

USEFUL/INTERESTING LINKS: Worldbuilding & the Okapi's Butt; Making the Tough Decisions; goblin dice; abstractions are leaky; print-&-fold minis; papercraft dice tower; consequences as positive currency (Fate); Making Superman Truly Invulnerable (Fate Core); Rick Neal's essays (DFRPG); Level 1 Equivalent Damage (4e); improved skill challenges (4e); No Such Thing as D&D; Same Page Tool.

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

RPG HABITS: To accommodate my group's unpredictable schedules, I'm running short-form (mostly single-session) campaigns in systems including and , , , , and Lady Blackbird. I'm in the Storium beta as BESW.

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.

RPG HISTORY: Despite the current trend, most of my gaming experience is with GMing relatively lengthy campaigns in and . I've also dabbled in (and its friendlier offshoot The Princes' Kingdom), , , and Stargate SG-1, among others.

CHARACTER NOTE: Never short on Opinions and overambitious Ideas. I want to play a shulassakar and a musteval, and I have an elaborate SG-1 campaign I fear I'll never get to run.

My avatar is "Nøkken," by Theodor Kittelsen.


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comment Are cantrips spells?
It appears you just got a (cited) answer of exactly that, though, so I'm not sure where your claim that they're differentiated is coming from or why that answer is apparently unwanted.
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comment Are cantrips spells?
"However, in 5e there is a level of differentiation between cantrips and spells." I don't know much about 5e spellcasting, but this sounds like the start of an answer to your own question. [confused]
Aug
30
comment How to Optimize a Tactician
As it's currently worded, this question can only be effectively answered by someone writing a comprehensive guide to the Tactician class and will be closed until you give us more details about your specific situation and build goals. Stack Exchange is about providing solutions to your particular problem; there are other sites on the internet better suited for writing general guides.
Aug
28
comment Pre-built square-grid maps?
Blargh. I'll track 'em down again when I have some time...
Aug
27
comment How can I make a plot for a 1 on 1 Dresden Files campaign?
This might be something the Role-playing Games Chat could help with, though.
Aug
26
comment How do I get players to Name a Horror?
@SevenSidedDie Would it be appropriate to edit the question into a "can/should I?" instead of a "how do I?"
Aug
25
comment Ideas for a Political Power Struggle
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour 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, and the format doesn't really work for questions like this where every answer could be equally right, so I suspect this question will get put on hold soon. However, once you have 20+ rep, feel free to join the Role-playing Games Chat: it's better set up for campaign brainstorming.
Aug
25
comment Choosing equipment options at character creation
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site.
Aug
22
comment How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. Could you make the reasoning behind this idea clearer? Why would you do it this way? Have you seen this done successfully in the past?
Aug
22
comment How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?
If your answer has to include phrases like "in most editions," where "most" might not include the querent's situation, it's probably best to wait for clarification before answering. This looks like a good answer if it applies to the question, though.
Aug
20
comment Techniques for fast paced storytelling
At the very least, mention what system you're using, eh? Different systems could handle this VERY differently.
Aug
19
comment Lore about Gibbeth
Ummm. It may seem pedantic, but the question is asking for sources, not copy-pasting, and I think "ALL information about Gibbeth," even though there's not much, is kinda pushing our luck with the copyright gods. How about a summary with page citations?
Aug
19
comment Lore about Gibbeth
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour and the help center; they're a useful introduction to the site. I've modified your tags to connect this question with the right sort of experts (D&D 4e lore is mostly unrelated to the lore of other D&D editions, and Gibbeth isn't FR-specific). When you have 20+ rep, feel free to join the Role-playing Games Chat!
Aug
19
comment Where and how are you mostly playing
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour 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 polling people like this isn't a good fit. However, once you've got 20+ rep you can join the Role-playing Games Chat where we'll be happy to share our experiences and advice in a less formal, more chatty setting.
Aug
18
comment System recommendation: Dynamic, engaging, and realistic skill rolls
Answers need to be self-sufficient. This is more of a retrospective/shout-out for answers you liked, not an answer which could be useful on its own. Upvoting and the "accept" button are the ways to show you liked an answer and/or found it useful. If you found that it takes a combination of these answers to solve your challenge, writing about exactly what solution you used in your game will make a good answer. (And again, if you want to discuss the answers, the Role-playing Games Chat is the place for that.)
Aug
14
comment System recommendation: Dynamic, engaging, and realistic skill rolls
@doctorw0rm Actually, plenty of systems implement a version of non-universal scales! They just don't frame it exactly that way. Pop into Role-playing Games Chat for more free-ranging discussion on such topics.
Aug
13
comment How to respond to “stress tracks / narrative consequences are arbitrary”?
I'm not sure if this answer is a duplicate or not, but it should be helpful at least. Maybe you can edit your question to show how it's different from that one, so answers can be more useful to you.
Aug
11
comment How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?
Maybe editing in some details would help make the question seem less deliberately pedantic and more clear why it's a good answer to the question (especially, support for your claim that only Gygax-created D&D editions "count" as D&D, despite Gygax himself making statements--and the various legal/cultural arguments--to the contrary).
Aug
10
comment Optimizing the single target blast
I'm still not sure if you're looking for advice to help your players with their builds, or if you're asking for actual builds. Your question seems to be asking for both. I think the former would be more useful, myself.
Aug
10
comment Optimizing the single target blast
Aye, but the guidelines for designing powers and spells are a lot more hand-wave-y and balance is left primarily to the group to determine. If you don't want answers that use homebrew, you should specify that. I'm honestly a little confused anyway by two self-answers to a semi-theoretical question. Based on the actual problem you describe, wouldn't it be better to ask for advice on how to help them optimise a wizard, than asking for specific builds?