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I've been involved in one aspect or another of the adventure games hobby for the past twenty-five years. Started playing in 1987. (First game? Champions, followed by CyberSpace, the Iron Crown cyberpunk game for Space Master, their sci-fi Rolemaster spin-off.) Was hired by InQuest Magazine in 1996, where I started my editorial career. Since then, I've done work for Green Ronin, Malhavoc Press, Dream Pod 9, and White Wolf. I managed two different game stores in the metro Boston area in the 2000s, and am now working primarily freelance. Still gaming after all these years.

I have a weakness for good coffee and bad puns.


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comment How do you make loremaster characters more than just a GM mouthpiece?
@SevenSidedDie My answer would be "All of it is true, except the things that cannot be true to preserve the integrity of the chronicle's secrets." On a critical success, I'd drop hints that say, "That is indeed what you've read. However, you remember from your studies that this one detail here didn't seem to add up with this other one. There may be more here for you to discover."
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comment How do you make loremaster characters more than just a GM mouthpiece?
@SevenSidedDie Well, there are two things happening in tandem: 1. The player gets the information they need -- the contents of the letter, for example. 2. The player's conception of their character as an expert in Lore is reinforced by their ability to know and fill in campaign backstory. Consider the "speak 'friend' and enter" scene from Lord of the Rings. Gandalf knew all the relevant Lore and was instrumental in solving the puzzle, but the first check was still a failure — someone else had to make that last connection.
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comment How do you make loremaster characters more than just a GM mouthpiece?
@SevenSidedDie My personal experience has been with your second choice — the lore the player has spouted was once correct but is now outdated, or was based on an erroneous translation, or was misinformation promoted by the enemies of the people under discussion. Because I'm a soft touch, I usually correct the player, reinforcing that it's "bad sources," not bad ideas. On the other hand, a more strict GM could keep the information hidden until another relevant Research or Knowledge check was made.
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