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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 Balancing a mixed game in nWoD
@xenoterracide Not very much. Those Tiers represent the scope of their power, not the magnitude. The top end of their ability is already taken into account.
7h
comment How is a tranquilizer gun used?
@SevenSidedDie See, this is why I argued for an [nwod-mortals] tag to accompany questions like these. :)
7h
comment How exactly is human ignorance maintained in the nWoD?
@BrianS Neither the NWO nor the Technocracy are in nWoD. However, Division Six from Witch Finders serves a similar role. :)
2d
comment vamp battle vs mage, werewolf, changeling in WoD
Welcome to the site! Unfortunately, I think this question is unanswerable as written. Aside from being almost entirely based on opinion, the capabilities of a random supernatural can vary so widely that without details, there's nothing we can do but speculate. If you feel like giving more information about the characters involved, it might help. (Plus, are you mixing the two games? That is, oWoD and nWoD? Tagging with both indicates so, and that adds even more confusion to the case.)
2d
comment What is this “black mist” in Demon?
This is probably an instance of the Hunters confusing the source of a supernatural threat. It sounds like one of the Hosts or Magath from Werewolf.
Sep
27
comment Bonus dice for being descriptive
Sounds like an Exalted/Scion thing.
Sep
27
comment Does the appearance of a vampire remain the same forever?
No need to come up with supernatural explanations for Appearance raising; humans can do it, too. The Appearance stat is not just raw beauty, but the ability to use one's appearance to one's advantage and make good first impressions. Makeup, fashion, posture and demeanor can all help improve one's appearance.
Sep
27
comment Does the appearance of a vampire remain the same forever?
A few things, not least of which is the Tremere ritual referenced in the answer; the source material cites it as the way one can escape a hairstyle fashionable in the Middle Ages. The depredations of the Toreador Antitribu are described as "impermanent" without Vicissitude because the Kindred body is "an ever-renewing canvas." There may be an explicit reference to hair in one of the books, but I don't have it to hand.
Sep
23
comment Has “write in to impact the metaplot” been tried since the 90s?
@Adeptus I may not be as clear as I'd like. The material for LG was changed -- but the material for mainstream D&D Greyhawk was not. The meaning of metaplot, such as there is one, is that published materials going forward reflect changes in previous ones, like a magazine or a serial. The Sabbat Tremere die here, and the next books say they are all dead, and no longer include rules for playing them. LG rules affected the campaign it was used for -- that's organized play plot -- but did not have an impact on the game as a whole.
Sep
23
comment Has “write in to impact the metaplot” been tried since the 90s?
@Adeptus There's a subtle difference between an organized play game like Living Campaigns and this sort of thing -- in this, the published material is changed to reflect the events of the poll or campaign.
Sep
23
comment Has “write in to impact the metaplot” been tried since the 90s?
It's not "writing in," but the metaplot of the Legend of the Five Rings RPG has been swayed in the past by the results of tournaments for the accompanying CCG, and that was in the 2000s.
Sep
19
comment What happens if I use both jokers in a hand?
Cool. Upvoted, but I'm not qualified to answer.
Sep
17
comment Aspects implying Resistance/Immunity
@Jonas True enough. Too late for me to edit, I'm afraid, but we've got some good answers and it's not been closed as a duplicate.
Sep
16
comment Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?
@Shalvenay Oh, no. I didn't get the impression that the character was greedy or grasping. However, what you describe there does fit in with the earlier characterization of the PC as "self-interested" -- she "forces assistance" that may not be "wanted or needed." Rather than continue to describe the character, do you think that my solution and suggested course of action would be helpful?
Sep
14
comment Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?
That's just restating the question — she admits she's the problem and she doesn't know how or what to change to fix it while still keeping true to her roleplaying style.
Sep
13
comment Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?
@Shalvenay I can understand that point of view; my impression is that characters who are excessively clever tend to have exceedingly high standards as to what impresses them, and often keep those feelings of respect and admiration to themselves rather than putting them out where others can see. Moreover, since they're in scenes with your character, who seldom is seen to fail, it's hard for them to get the chance to impress you, since they're never seen outdoing or matching you. That might leave a bad impression. Does that make sense?
Sep
11
comment Dragon Player Characters
Adding this as a comment because I don't have direct experience with it, but I just got a recommendation for an OOP French RPG called Scales from 1994 that would be ideal for this. Shame I don't speak French. :)
Sep
9
comment How to handle a fair contest between PCs in Apocalypse World?
Okay. Help me improve my answer. What is it about the suggestions in this post that won't work to resolve your duel? Even if you don't like #2 as too deadly, what's wrong with #1 or #3?
Sep
9
comment How to handle a fair contest between PCs in Apocalypse World?
At the risk of saying something you already know, in Apocalypse World, choosing to go for a fair fight is likely to end up with both characters dying. Duels for honor are kind of romantic nonsense, and once characters start dealing damage for real, it gets ugly quick. As for the tug-of-war? Man, I'm not even sure that's a Move. AW and its offspring don't lend themselves to white-room combats.
Sep
5
comment Aspects implying Resistance/Immunity
There are a few good questions on this subject already: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/12172/…, rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/45504/…, and rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/45504/… are good places to start.