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My RPGs are collaborative storytelling. I love conversation scenes and emergent settings. I'm interested in the influence of environment (at the table and in the game world) on play.

USEFUL/INTERESTING LINKS: Worldbuilding & the Okapi's Butt; Making the Tough Decisions; goblin dice; abstractions are leaky; print-&-fold minis; Paradigms of Play; 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!

CURRENT RPG HABITS: Our major game is a serial campaign about Weird Stuff using Atomic Robo rules, interspersed with single-session games in other systems. I'm the primary GM, but everyone takes a turn sometimes.

CONTEMPORARY GAMING: Mostly games like , , and , but occasionally we run , , , , , and . I'm experimenting with game design, too: a FAE hack about holy werewolves, and a unique system inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

GAMING HISTORY: Started in and . Dabbled in , Dresden Files Accelerated (playtest), /The Princes' Kingdom, , and Stargate SG-1.

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 "The Bookworm," by Carl Spitzweg.


Apr
22
comment Where to find a good map generator for D&D
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour, it's a useful introduction to the site. You might find this question useful in narrowing down and expressing your criteria.
Apr
18
comment What is a good word for all sentient races?
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour, it's a useful introduction to the site. It's hard for the Stack to handle questions without clear criteria for answers; "not too sci-fi and not too vampire-y" is broad enough that answers will just be guesses. That'd be great for a traditional forum but SE uses a Q&A format. Another Stack like Writers, English Language & Usage, or Worldbuilding might be able to help, but this doesn't seem to be a problem that RPG-specific experience can help solve.
Apr
16
comment What is a good way to introduce D&D 4e at a mini-con?
This question and its answers may be useful.
Apr
16
comment How does the Wish spell work with spells that interact with material components like Clone, Leomund's Secret Chest, or Magic Jar
Are you asking if, when using wish to duplicate the effects of a spell with expensive components (or focuses), the wish spell's lack of need for expensive materials overrides the needs of the spell it's duplicating?
Apr
9
comment
@sillyputty You should submit that question here!
Apr
6
comment Can you put high-power aspects on starting characters in Fate Core?
You may want to reference information from this question, or just link to it, as part of your answer.
Apr
2
comment Do advantages in Fate Core just “wear off?”
@Robert This sort of comment is a flag that you should probably provide more specific information about your situation (IE, which iteration of Fate you're using) in the question, as harlandski has suggested.
Apr
1
comment How do I convince my group to try a new system without always having to DM it first?
@xenoterracide That's a different question, which you're welcome to ask separately if the answers here and here aren't sufficient.
Mar
31
comment How do zones and line of effect work, and are they adjusted if the zone follows the player (kinda like an aura, but defined as a zone)?
@pureabsolute It'd be a good idea to edit your question to reflect what you meant to ask. Comments are impermanent.
Mar
29
comment Can I use 4th edition Power (Spell) cards in a 3.5e game session?
The Stack Exchange is designed to provide actionable solutions to problems people face. Your question originally asked about the viability of a solution (using 4e power cards for 3.5 spells) instead of telling us what the problem was (looking for an easier way to select wizard spells each day). This is sometimes called an XY Problem and we ask questions to help clarify the situation so answers can provide solutions to the actual challenge you're facing.
Mar
24
comment Do creatures from other planes typically travel into the material plane?
Since this is a setting question, it's probably far too broad if you're asking for answers that encompass all settings in Pathfinder and every edition of D&D (4e alone had at least three different settings with varying levels of interplanar mingling). Can you narrow it down to the setting you're going to use this information for?
Mar
12
comment Could Vampires use touchscreen devices (iPhone, etc)?
Welcome to rpg.se! Please take a look at the tour, it's a useful introduction to the site. If you're asking about rules and the effect of them on gameplay, please specify that. If you're asking about the possibility of this from a physics standpoint, you may get better answers from the folks at Worldbuilding than from RPG experts here.
Mar
10
comment Can Clerics be Death Domain and Neutral?
The "shepherd of souls" concept isn't much of a stretch at all; priests of such death-gods as Wee Jas and the Raven Queen have filled that role quite nicely in past editions.
Mar
10
comment How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?
Please look at other questions in the GMPC tag. Several of them are very close to what you're asking here, and your question would benefit from details that set it apart from them more clearly.
Mar
8
comment What can I do to prevent a player from breaking the game?
@Neato This would be great info to add to the question's context.
Mar
7
comment What can I do to prevent a player from breaking the game?
Setting aside the pitfalls of directly associating real-life wealth with in-game power and agency, this suggestion isn't very effective because so much of high-powered 3.5 optimisation relies mostly on options found in the core books.
Mar
6
comment Are there any RPGs with an insane amount of stats?
This may be a duplicate of this question; at the very least, you can probably glean bits from that question to help narrow down this one.
Mar
5
comment What is a good game for a conflict-avoidant, disaffectionate player
@SevenSidedDie The third "assumption" on page 16 is "Troubles don't last;" PC death is basically off the table. That might be good for Gomad to mention, too.
Feb
28
comment Are low level spells required to be worse than all higher level spells?
@thedarkwanderer I'm not that guy: I don't have the theorycrafting background to do a proper analysis, I just know what I think a good analysis would include: at least it'd compare and contrast the spell design rules from the 3.0 ELH, the 3.5 DMG, and various PF sources. The conclusion, I think, is inevitably "nobody thought about codifying that sort of rule until well after the horse was out of the barn." But I lack the skills to formulate convincing support as to why that's so. KRyan has that ability.
Feb
28
comment Are low level spells required to be worse than all higher level spells?
What about rules for custom spell design? Is there really nothing in there which would be useful for this analysis?